Topic | Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital

Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital



Despite low financial support and inadequate equipment, the Wheatley-Provident Hospital was the only location available for black doctors to practice in Kansas City. And although administrators were able to earn the hospital full accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, the community was in need of a new, more up to date facility. The greater Kansas City Baptist and Community Health Hospital Association was formed to fundraise for a new building. But in order to facilitate integration, the area City Hall and planning committee denied the group permission to form a new hospital. With the encouragement of local black citizens, the members of the Association continued to seek funding and eventually reached their monetary goal. In May 1972, the hospital project was finally completed and remains as a testament to the ability of people to work together to form a better community. The hospital is named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. because it demonstrated his dream.