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ATLANTA (Oct. 8, 2013) -- The Spelman College Health Careers Program recently received proclamations from the City of Atlanta and Fulton County, in honor of Georgia R. Dwelle, M.D., C’1900, the first Spelman alumna to obtain a doctor of medicine degree. Presented to Barbara Bell, Ph.D., director of Spelman College Health Careers, at the program’s annual reception, the proclamations declare, annually the first week of October “Georgia R. Dwelle, M.D., Making a Global Difference in Healthcare Appreciation Week.”
The proclamations were issued to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary achievements of Dr. Dwelle, the first Black female physician in Atlanta and the founder of the Dwelle Infirmary (1920), Atlanta’s first successful private hospital for Blacks and first obstetrical hospital for Black women. Along with Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner, attending the reception was John Dwelle, great nephew and caregiver to Dr. Dwelle.
For the past 42 years, the Spelman Health Careers Program has been educating women who go on to make a global difference in health care. Increasing the number of highly qualified minority women and African-Americans entering the health/allied health professions has been the primary goal of the Health Careers Program since it’s formalization in 1971. In addition, the program is committed to eradicating health illiteracy by providing a strong educational foundation for Spelman students to further educate the communities they go on to serve.
About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the college’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard College Dean Evelyn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.