Watts Hospital and School of Nursing

Watts Hospital and School of Nursing
Durham, NC
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Watts Hospital, located in Durham, North Carolina was the city's first hospital, operating between 1895 and 1976.

The hospital opened in 1895, funded entirely by George W. Watts, as a private, 22-bed, modern hospital dedicated to the care of Durham's white citizens and offered free care to those unable to pay. The hospital became public in 1953 and closed 1976, when Durham County General Hospital opened. The grounds and buildings of the hospital's 1909 campus were converted to become the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, which began classes in 1980. (From Wikipedia)

Watts College of Nursing is still in operation in Durham, NC, as a part of the Duke University Health System.



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  • Reynolds, P.P. (1991).  Watts Hospital of Durham, North Carolina, 1895-1976: Keeping the Doors Open.  Fund for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education in North Carolina : Durham, N.C. (OCLC Record).

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Compiled by: 
Phoebe Pollitt