Nebraska doctors are helping to renovate the hospital, which was established by the country’s first Native American physician

The Nebraska Medical Association is raising funds to pay for work at the hospital founded by Dr. Susan La Fletcher Pikotte, the country’s first native physician. Renovation of Waltil Hospital is already underway.

GARY BOWEN, courtesy photo

“Physicians in this state should know this story. She’s a co-worker, a member of our profession, ”said Teddy. Our aim is to raise awareness of Susan La Fletcher and her story, to honor her service, her sacrifice and her commitment.

A.D. Rehabilitation of Picotte Hospital, which was first launched in 2017 in collaboration with the Omaha Indian Tribe, is already underway.

A new roof was installed two years ago, and the original 33-room wooden rooms and windows were restored.

Now, the non-profit foundation behind the renovation is seeking to raise the final $ 2.5 million to complete the once neglected hospital into a modern community center. It includes a Tribal Medical / Mental Health Abuse Clinic, as well as a historical exhibition for youth, indigenous arts and culture programs, and Picotte life and work.


The Nebraska Medical Association is raising funds to rehabilitate the long-closed Walt Hospital, founded by the country’s first native physician, Dr. Susan La Fletcher Pictote.


About a quarter of the money has already been collected, ”said Teddy.

The son of the last traditional chief of the Omaha tribe, Iron Eye, or Joseph La Fleche, was born on tape before it became a state of Nebraska. In 1889 she received her medical degree. I would not accept more lucrative offers to serve more than 1,300 people over 450 square miles[450 sq km].


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