NIH 1998 Almanac/The Organization/CC/      

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

(, 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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