From 1938 to 1965 the Columbia Hospital (now Palmetto Health Richland) School of Nursing graduated a total of 401 Black Nurses before closing its door in 1966.
The CHSNAA consists of professional nurses who graduated from the Columbia Hospital School of Nursing in Columbia, SC.
In March 1941, the “Negro” Alumnae Association was organized with the help of Helen Stabler, Minier Padgette and Mary Lou Corley of the Columbia Hospital Alumnae Association. Bernice Spry (class 1938) was elected president.
~ The “Negro” Alumnae Association gave various gifts for purchasing books and conducted fund raising for purchasing books for the library.
~ The Black Columbia Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association in Columbia SC has maintained its Chapter, throughout the years by the black graduate nurses.
Previously, there was a Washington DC Chapter that was organized in January 1962 with Janice Munford Crouch (class 1952) as president. There was also a New York Chapter which was organized on May 1, 1953 at the home of Everlou Cook Jeter (class 1938) in Brooklyn, NY.
Today, only the Columbia Hospital Chapter in Columbia, SC remains as an organization. The Black Chapter was officially chartered in June 9, 2000 as the Columbia Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association (CHSNAA).
In 1986 the Blanche White Scholarship Fund was developed by the Columbia Hospital Alumnae Association in recognition and memory of the clinical instructions that she gave to the nurses and for her nursing service.
The CHSNAA continues to sponsor the “Blanche Lipsey White Scholarship”, for nursing students who are attending accredited school for nurses.
The CHSNAA sponsors biennial reunions that assist in fund raising for the scholarships and organization.
The CHSNAA supports and promotes high standards within Nursing programs that affect nursing policies, practices and education. The Association also promotes the development, recruitment, and mentoring of minority nursing students. The Association is now over seventy-seven (77) years old.