For Immediate Release
June 21, 2012
(BPRW) Riverside General Hospital: Saving a Historic Monument
(BLACK PR WIRE) – HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lack of funding threatens to destroy the ONLY remaining historically African-American Hospital in the nation. RGH has had a stellar and unblemished reputation as a leading healthcare provider and pillar of the community. We are now in a fight to remain open and keep over 300 employees employed.
In an effort to help raise funds, we are co-hosting a community Health Fair June 23, 2012 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 3204 Ennis Dr. Houston TX 77004, as well as other planned future fundraisers. After reading about the rich history of Riverside General Hospital, it is our fervent hope that you will agree that we must save this historical monument that has continuously given back to the community.
The Houston Negro Hospital
Originally, Riverside General Hospital was established in 1918 as Union General Hospital on the corner of Andrews and San Felipe. In 1923, in answer to an appeal for assistance from several black doctors, Joseph S. Cullinan, a Houston philanthropist, established a fund to erect a fifty-bed hospital. Maurice J. Sullivan was hired as an architect. Sullivan was commissioned to design the new hospital, as well as to develop a master plan for the site. Construction began in 1924 and was completed in 1926. The new hospital was named the Houston Negro Hospital.
Riverside General Hospital 1961-Present
The Houston Negro Hospital was renamed Riverside General Hospital when an extension to the original building was completed in 1961. Currently, Riverside General Hospital is a non-profit acute care facility that now provides inpatient and outpatient care to the citizens of Harris and neighboring counties to the city of Houston. Riverside General Hospital provides medical and rehabilitative care for its patients, currently owning and operating four major healthcare and substance abuse treatment facilities including a major facility in the medical center. RGH is committed to providing high quality, comprehensive patient care that is designed to meet the total needs of the patient.
In order to continue to provide the high quality patient care that Riverside General is known for, we need your donations. Together we can save this Historical Institution for all of our children’s future. Please visit us and make your donations at www.riversidegeneralhospital.org.
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The original Houston Negro Hospital now known as Riverside General Hospital, a Historic Monument. (Photo: Business Wire)
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