Having earned its place in American healthcare history when it opened in 1891 as the first hospital owned and managed by African Americans, Provident Hospital began a new chapter when the now-modern facility reopened in 1993 as part of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System. Provident Hospital plays a vital role as a provider of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services on the South side of Chicago. As a full-service hospital, it meets community healthcare needs including primary, specialized, emergency, same-day surgery, maternity, family practice, geriatric and critical care services. Provident Hospital’s emergency room is the third busiest in the city, serving more than 50,000 persons a year. In addition to the Sengstacke Health Center, an ACHN (Ambulatory and Community Health Network) clinic located on the Provident campus, Provident Hospital provides specialty care and prescription-filling services for patients receiving services from the Near South, Woodlawn and Englewood ACHN clinics.
Hektoen manages grants awarded to the Provident Hospital HIV Program from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). As one of the clinics of the CCHHS Coordinated HIV Services Program, Provident staff provide comprehensive, wrap-around services that include outpatient primary care, mental health, psychosocial, dental, substance abuse, medication adherence, outreach/prevention and case management services to approximately 400 HIV patients residing in South side community areas.