Feb 14, 2013

February 14, 1895: Opening of Chicago Lying-in Hospital Dispensary

Submitted by Susan Sacharski, Archivist, Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives:

On Valentine’s Day, 1895, the Chicago Lying-in Hospital Dispensary was opened by Joseph B. DeLee, MD, the beginning of what would become an important chapter in the history of medicine in Chicago. I’ve put together a few documents detailing the humble beginnings of the Maxwell Street Dispensary of the Chicago Maternity Center. 

Portrait of Joseph B. DeLee, MD:

"A Greeting to the Alumni," February 14, 1895:

Feb 1, 2013

Event: Celebrating the Legacy of Provident Hospital and Training School at CSU

-Submitted by Aaisha Haykal, University Archivist at Chicago State University. This event will feature a presentation by CAMA's own Ron Sims, Special Collections Librarian at the Galter Health Sciences Library- Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. This event also offers an opportunity to tour the Archives and Special Collections of CSU. There is also a reception following the program.
You are cordially invited to Black Self-Determination through Health Care and Nursing: The Provident Hospital Training School half-day conference, which celebrates the Legacy of Provident Hospital and Training School on Friday, February 8, 2013, at the Chicago State University Library (4th floor). This half-day conference is sponsored by the Chicago State University Archives and Special Collections and Chicago State University Library. (See details below.)

11:30 Registration/ Coffee

12:00-1:45 Black Hospitals, Black Nurses, and Provident Hospital Luncheon---4th Floor Atrium


· Lisa Young, Director, Wellness/Health Center at Chicago State University

· Ronald Sims, Special Collections Librarian at the Galter Health Sciences Library- Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University “Daniel Hale Williams, MD: His Legacy of African-American Interns at Provident Hospital…the Northwestern Experience”

· Dr. Burlean Burris, Author and Graduate of Provident Nursing School

· Dr. Carol Alexander, President and CAO of Coalition of African American Nurses


2:00-4:00 Panel Discussion Status of Black Health Care and Health Education in Chicago---Auditorium


· Dr. Regina Conway-Phillips, Assistant Professor at the Niehoff School of Nursing Loyola University-Chicago

· Dr. Jorge Alberto Girotti, Associate Dean & Director Admissions, Special Curricular Programs at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

·Thomas Lyons, Director, HIV/AIDS Research and Policy Institute and Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at Chicago State University

- Tour of Archives and Special Collections/ Exhibit (4th and 3rd floor)

4:30- Reception Sunroom

This event is free and open to the public, parking on campus is $5.00.

Please RSVP to Aaisha Haykal via e-mail at ahaykal [at] csu [dot] edu or phone at 773-995-3843.

News: HIPAA Rules Further Clarified for Medical Archivists

Archivists with medical information in their collections should become familiar with the new rules regarding the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which will go into effect this March.

Historic records from hospitals or the personal papers of health professionals may contain information regarding patients' health. Many medical archives are not currently repositories for patient records, which are under the purview of departments like Health Information Management which must adhere to strict privacy guidelines. But legacy collections have often been part of an institution's collections for decades, sometimes a century or more. Leather-bound patient ledgers from 150 years ago can be a boon to any researcher interested in the history of medicine for a certain era or location. 

Thankfully, the new HIPAA rules from the Department of Health & Human Services provide a bit more guidance for archivists and historians who are not interested in current medical records, but those of deceased individuals.

These modifications are now available online. Archivists, historians, and researchers interested in historic medical records should pay particularly close attention to Section 164.502(f)--Period of Protection for Decedent Information under Protected Health Information About Decedents. Privacy rules will now cover health records up to fifty years after an individual's death. Please see the link below to learn more about this rule and possible exceptions and how they might affect your collection or research.