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Mon, 04.06.1896

The Flint Medical College (Louisiana) Opens

Flint-Goodrich Hospital

*The Flint-Goodridge Hospital is celebrated on this date in 1896. This was a hospital that was for almost a century it served predominantly Black patients and, for most of these years, was owned and operated by Dillard University.

The history of the hospital can be traced to the Phyllis Wheatley Sanitarium and Training School for Negro Nurses, run by the Phyllis Wheatley Club. The training school included hospital care and was founded in 1896, operating under the administration of the Phyllis Wheatley Club and located in the Medical College facility of New Orleans University, which was run by the Methodist Episcopal Church. Needing increased financing to maintain the hospital and because of a lack of financial support, the school was taken under the wing of New Orleans University and merged with the school's Medical College hospital. With the efforts of Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Willard Francis Mallalieu, the school was able to enlist the aid of John Flint of Fall River, Massachusetts, who donated $25,000 to the institution.

In 1901, the name of the hospital was changed to Sarah Goodridge Hospital and Nurse Training School and the medical college to the name Flint Medical College of New Orleans University in honor of John Flint. Flint donated an additional $10,000 to purchase a new property at 1566 Canal Street, which would house the school. The Flint Medical College closed in 1911 when the American Medical Association deemed its facilities unacceptable. In 1915 the School of Pharmacy closed. That year all of the buildings were placed under the use of the Sarah Goodridge Hospital.  This operated under the administration of the Methodist Episcopal Church and in 1916 a renovation was done on the facilities, which had fallen into disrepair. The buildings at Canal and Robertson streets, which had been used by both the Flint Medical College and the Sarah Goodridge Hospital and Nurses Training School, were converted into a 50-bed hospital and a nurse's residence. The hospital was renamed Flint-Goodridge Hospital. The Nurse Training Department was reorganized and continued under the management of New Orleans University. 

Dillard University governance (1929-1983)

In 1930 New Orleans University and Straight College merged to form Dillard University, a historically black university, which would own and operate the Hospital henceforth. A campaign was initiated to raise $2,000,000 for a completely new facility for the hospital. After funds were secured, the new facility was erected in Uptown New Orleans at 2425 Louisiana Avenue, next to LaSalle Street. On February 1, 1932, the dedication ceremony was held. As a result of desegregation measures of the 1960s, Flint Goodridge experienced a decline in patients, which would bring about its eventual closure. Investment banker Keith Butler waged an effort to sell the hospital to a group of African American physicians but failed.

In 1983 the hospital was sold to National Medical Enterprises, however, they opted not to use the facility like a hospital—Flint-Goodridge shut its doors. The building that once housed the hospital still stands today at 2425 Louisiana Avenue and is now the Flint-Goodridge Apartments in uptown New Orleans, Louisiana. Flint Goodridge functioned as an African American-owned hospital serving the needs of the black community in New Orleans. Rivers Frederick and many other prominent Black physicians spent all or parts of their careers working at Flint-Goodridge.

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