The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Friday, July 10, 2015. African-American leadership has always been more than elected officials and pastors and Faith leaders. It also included Black professionals – teachers, lawyers, businesspeople and dentists and doctors. Indianapolis prided itself on having a stable of great Black professional servant/leaders who were medical professionals. Dr. Frank Lloyd, Dr. George Rawls, Dr. Lehman Adams, Dr. Ray Henderson and many others. Put paving the way for them was Dr. Harvey Middleton.
On a special Afternoons with Amos, live from Eskenazi Hospital, Dr. Middleton’s history came alive to the 21st century Indianapolis African-American community. The occasion of this special broadcast was Eskenazi naming a street on the Eskenazi Campus, Dr. Harvey Middleton Way, after Dr. Middleton.
During the special broadcast numerous officials of Eskenazi Hospital and others appeared to talk about Dr. Middleton’s life and career and his many good works. Appearing on the special broadcast were: Christia Hicks, VP/Human Resources, Eskenazi Health; Wilma Moore, Senior Archivist/African American History, Indiana History Center; Robert Davie, actor who portrays Dr. Harvey Middle at Indiana History Center;
Dr. Antoine LeFlore, Emergency Medicine Physician at Eskenazi Health and Assistant Dean for Diversity Affairs for the IU School of Medicine; Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO of Eskenazi Health; Matt Gutwein, CEO/President, Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County; Dr. Millicent Moye, family physician and first woman President of the Aesculapian Medical Society; Andrea Neely, Regional Development Director, Indiana, UNCF; Dr. Virginia Caine, Director, Marion County Public Health Department; Douglas Hairston, Director, Front Porch Alliance Office of Mayor Greg Ballard and
Dr. Middleton’s children: Harvey Middleton, Jr.; Zenobia Middleton Skinner and Brenda Middleton Sawyer. Guests talked about a variety of aspects of Dr. Middleton’s life and career as the first African American physician to practice medicine at a major Indianapolis hospital. This South Carolina native, attended medical school at Boston University and received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Guests and Dr. Middleton’s children talked about his seeking a position at City Hospital (now Eskenazi). But he was only allowed to serve as a volunteer in the outpatient clinic. Dr. Middleton made his mark in his own practice as a cardiologist, with a specialty in electrocardiograms and heart irregularities. In 1942, Dr. Middleton was admitted to practice as the first African American staff member at City Hospital. Guests also talked with Amos and listeners about Dr. Middleton’s community commitments, including on the Board of the YMCA and instrumental in the building of the Fall Creek YMCA and other community commitments. The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST Live From Eskenazi Hospital For Friday, July 10, 2015. Runs 97 Minutes ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad.