Published on: 03/21/2010
On March 20, Miami Children's Hospital celebrated its 60th anniversary, bringing together patients, families, physicians, MCH employees, donors and members and leaders of the community with a large carnival-like birthday party in the hospital’s courtyard.
View photos from our 60th anniversary celebration.
MIAMI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL HISTORICAL TIMELINE:
|March 21, 1950
|Variety Children’s Hospital opened to the public.
|The hospital focused on the medical and surgical needs of the children of the community.
|The hospital served as a center for polio victims until Dr. Jonas Salk developed a cure for the disease in 1955.
|The hospital became a teaching hospital to prepare doctors in the field of pediatrics.
|Variety Children’s Hospital became a haven for young Cuban refugee children who needed medical care.
|Variety Children’s Hospital began a $35 million expansion, increasing its bed count and adding new outpatient facilities.
|The hospital opened its first intensive care unit.
|The hospital offered the first post-graduate training course in pediatrics. Today the annual conference draws pediatricians from around the world.
|The hospital created one of the first Child Life programs, providing child development experts to help children adapt to hospital life.
|Ambassador David M. Walters activated the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation.1983
|A new 213,000-square-foot hospital is dedicated.
|The hospital’s George E. Batchelor Research and Academic Pavilion opened.
|Miami Children’s opened a Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.
|The Congenital Heart Institute at Miami Children’s is founded.
|Miami Children’s launched its Health on Wheels mobile health units to provide care for underserved children.
|MCH became the first hospital in the United States to offer Radio Lollipop, an in-house radio station.
|The hospital’s critical care transport program was renamed LifeFlight™ and a helicopter was acquired to bring critically ill children to the hospital for care.
| The Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center opened in Weston, Florida.
| The Miami Children’s Brain Institute was founded.
|Miami Children’s Hospital Palmetto Bay Center began serving children in South Dade.
|Miami Children’s Rehabilitation Services – Miami Lakes opened.
|The hospital exterior was recreated with the completion of a project to encapsulate buildings in hurricane-protective panels. The colorful panels give the hospital an entirely new look.
|A new 68,000-square foot Ambulatory Care Building was completed.
|Miami Children’s Hospital affiliated with Florida International University College of Medicine to support pediatric medical education.
|Miami Children’s Hospital Doral Center began serving patients.
| Miami Children’s Hospital West Kendall Center opened.
|Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center expanded service offerings to include a new Urgent Care Center.