|Politics | Staff | Community | Treatment | Facilities|
Administrators of a racially segregated hospital hired Dr. Elmer C. Jackson as its first black doctor in the 1950s. His practice, initially limited to the black wards, forced him to cope with discrimination from co-workers who would not eat with him. Racial discrimination at the hospital slowly changed. New hospital policy directed ward desegregation in 1962 and social workers created educational programs to help patients and staff recognize one another as individuals, regardless of racial, ethnic, or religious differences.