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126 years ago, a revolutionary advance in medicine

first open-heart surgery

On July 10, 1893, 126 years ago, a medical breakthrough occurred as Dr. Daniel Hale Williams completed the first successful open-heart surgery. As an African-American doctor raised in post-Reconstruction America, Dr. Williams battled unthinkable racism and professional obstacles throughout his historic career.

In 1891, two years before his landmark open-heart surgery, Dr. Williams opened Provident Hospital and Training School, the first nursing school for black women in Chicago. Provident Hospital and Training School was also the first medical facility in America to have an interracial staff and is today known as Provident Hospital of Cook County.

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