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Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center: Important Events in CC History


November 1948--Construction of the Clinical Center was started.

June 22, 1951--The cornerstone ceremony was officiated by Oscar R. Ewing, Federal security administrator. President Harry S. Truman was the honored guest.

July 2, 1953--The CC was dedicated by DHEW Secretary Oveta Culp Hobby.

July 6, 1953--The first patient was admitted to the Clinical Center.

September 5, 1963--A new surgical wing for cardiac and neurosurgery was dedicated by Dr. Luther L. Terry, Surgeon General.

July 2, 1969--A dedication ceremony was held to name the CC's Jack Masur Auditorium.

April 1977--Construction of the ambulatory care research facility was started.

November 1977--The Critical Care Medicine Department was established.

October 22, 1981--The outpatient clinic facility was dedicated. The research hospital was renamed the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center.

September 20, 1982--The NIA Laboratory of Neurosciences was dedicated.

March 22, 1984--The first magnetic resonance imaging unit became operational for patient imaging.

October 1984--NCI's Radiation Oncology Building was dedicated.

April 13, 1985--Two cyclotrons were delivered to the underground facility operated by the Nuclear Medicine Department.

November 20, 1987--The Lipsett Amphitheater in the clinic was dedicated.

September 14, 1990--A 4-year-old patient with adenosine deaminate deficiency was the first to receive gene therapy treatment.

April 8, 1991--The Department of Transfusion Medicine opened its state of the art facility.

June 1992--The A-wing addition was completed, adding NCI and NIAID labs focusing on AIDS research.

July 1993--The hematology/bone marrow unit opened to improve transplant procedures and develop gene therapy techniques.

May 1994--First multi-institute unit designed and staffed for children opened.

February 1996--Details on clinical research studies conducted at the Clinical Center are made available on the World Wide Web

(http://clinicalstudies.info.nih.gov), increasing opportunities for physicians to participate in NIH clinical investigations.

November 1996--A Board of Governors was appointed by the Secretary of HHS, marking a new governing system for the CC.

July 1997--To meet increasing investigative needs for cell products used in immunotherapy, gene therapy, and stem cell transplantation, a cell processing facility was created.

November 4, 1997--Vice President Al Gore and Senator Mark O. Hatfield attended groundbreaking ceremonies for the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center. The new center, which will include a modern research facility with a 250-bed hospital, outpatient care capability and research laboratories, is scheduled to be completed in 2001.


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