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IU Health University Hospital celebrates a century of service

Renowned teaching facility celebrates milestone with 100th Year Jubilee June 6

  • IU Health University Hospital celebrates a century of service
    Nurse, patient, iron lung at Long Hospital, 1951
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  • IU Health University Hospital celebrates a century of service
    Indiana University Medical Center, Long Hospital, Fesler Hall and Coleman Hospital, 1940
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  • IU Health University Hospital celebrates a century of service
    University Hospital operating room, 1976
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  • IU Health University Hospital celebrates a century of service
  • IU Health University Hospital celebrates a century of service
  • IU Health University Hospital celebrates a century of service

| Indianapolis

From the first open-heart surgery performed in Indianapolis to the discovery of a cure for testicular cancer, IU Health University Hospital has enjoyed a rich and impactful history, which will be celebrated in a 100th Year Jubilee on June 6, 2014.

The city of Indianapolis needed additional hospital beds when University Hospital—formerly Long Hospital and now IU Health University Hospital—was built in 1914. It became the center of the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, which would later include Riley Hospital for Children and a variety of medical education facilities.

“This important milestone is not about the buildings themselves – it’s about the century of service to the community and focus on patient care that is still important to the physicians, nurses and support staff walking these halls today,” said Dr. Jeff Rothenberg, chief medical officer of IU Health University Hospital. “Our partnership with the IU School of Medicine helped make this hospital a reality in 1914 and continues to be vital to the success and growth in treating our patients today. Our celebration is really one of the people and programs that have made the care, research and teaching that we do possible - it is much more than a hospital.”

Due in large part to the expertise of the faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University Medical Center and Indiana University Hospital have a long list of medical procedure “firsts” to their credit.

  • Lawrence Einhorn, MD, treated the first patient with cis-platinol in 1974, instituting a cure for testicular cancer.
  • Harris B. Shumacker performed the first open-heart surgery in Indianapolis in 1954 using a heart-lung bypass machine.
  • Indiana’s first kidney transplant was performed in 1965 at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • Richard Miyamoto performed Indiana’s first cochlear implant in an adult in 1979. He performed the state’s first cochlear implant in a child in 1983.
  • IU Health Simon Cancer Center achieved National Cancer Institute designation in 2000.

Media interested in covering the Jubilee can contact Katherine Squadroni at 317.292.2251 or ksquadroni@iuhealth.org.

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