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The history of the Bannister Center as a part of the Centers Health Care family is just beginning, but its history as a pillar of the Providence community is a rich one.

We began as Bannister House, started in the Meeting Street Methodist Church by a group of citizens concerned about the living conditions of elderly black women.

Mrs. Christiana Bannister, wife of well-known African American landscape artist Edward Bannister, enlisted the aid of donors to support their cause. On April 16, 1890, the Home for Aged Colored Women opened with 12 residents in a three story building constructed on donated land on the East Side of Providence. The Bannisters had succeeded in establishing a home that provided care for those who were no longer able to care for themselves, and in their honor the name was changed to Bannister House.

Over the years the facility went through a number of changes as the needs of the community changed, but Bannister’s commitment to helping community members never wavered. In the late 1900’s as the need for skilled nursing care increased, we met the challenge with the help of a donation from Ebenezer Baptist Church. A new, multi-level building called Bannister Nursing Care Center opened in 1974, almost 84 years to the day since our first residents moved in. The cornerstone of the original Ebenezer Baptist Church who donated the land can still be seen at the entrance to the chapel that faces our lobby.

The next chapter in Bannister’s rich history began when it became a member of the Centers health Care family and we’re eager to continue the tradition of service to the community and look forward to making exciting improvements and to ensure that the Bannister Center remain one of the finest healthcare facilities in the area.