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Our History: Some Highlights
SEE ALSO: On the 50th Anniversary of the Clinical Center's Opening

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
Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Oveta Culp Hobby dedicated the Clinical Center.

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

Sep. 5, 1963
Dr. Luther L. Terry, Surgeon General, dedicated a new surgical wing for cardiac and neurosurgery.

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

Apr. 1977
Construction of the ambulatory care research facility was started.

Nov. 1977
The Critical Care Medicine Department was established.

First patient to enter Clinical Center

Oct. 22, 1981
The ambulatory care research facility was dedicated. The research hospital was renamed the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center.

Sep. 20, 1982
The National Institute of Aging's Laboratory of Neurosciences was dedicated.

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

Oct. 1984
The National Cancer Institute's Radiation Oncology building was dedicated.

Apr. 13, 1985
The first two cyclotrons were delivered to the underground facility operated by the Nuclear Medicine Department.

Nov. 20, 1987
The Lipsett Amphitheater was dedicated.

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

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

June 1992
The A-wing addition was completed, adding National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases labs focusing on AIDS research.

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

May 1994
The first multi-Institute unit designed and staffed for children opened.

Feb. 1996
Details on clinical research studies conducted at the Clinical Center were made available on the World Wide Web (, increasing opportunities for physicians to participate in NIH clinical investigations.

Oct. 1996
The Secretary of Health and Human Services, marking a new governing system for the Clinical Center, appointed a Board of Governors.

Mark O. Hatfield

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.

Nov. 4, 1997
Vice President Al Gore and Senator Mark O. Hatfield attended groundbreaking ceremonies for the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center.

July 1, 1944
Public Law 78-410, the Public Health Service Act, authorized establishment of the Clinical Center.

July 8, 1947
Under Public Law 80-165, research construction provisions of the Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 1948 provided funds "For the acquisition of a site, and the preparation of plans, specifications and drawings, for additional research buildings and a 600-bed clinical research hospital and necessary accessory buildings related thereto to be used in general medical research…."

Dec. 12, 1980
Senate Joint Resolution 213 designated the Clinical Center as the "Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health."

Sep. 12, 1996
House Resolution 3755, Section 218, named the new clinical research center at the National Institutes of Health as the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center.

July 9, 2004
The NIH Clinical Center marks its 50th anniversary.

Sep. 22, 2004
Dedication ceremony held for the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center.

Page last updated: January 6,2005

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