Today, with more than 20 outpatient clinics, a hospital, and an Emergency Care Center, UT Health Science Center sees more than 138,500 outpatient visits and more than 3,700 inpatient stays each year.
The rich history of UT Health Science Center goes back to World War II. The site where the Health Science Center stands today was once part of Camp Fannin, an infantry training center which prepared more than 100,000 men a year for combat.
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History of UT Health Northeast
The site where the UT Health Northeast stands today – 614 acres located northeast of Tyler, Texas – is rich in history. Activated in 1943 as Camp Fannin, a World War II infantry-training base, more than 100,000 men were prepared for combat. During the height of the war, troop capacity was slightly over 18,000 soldiers. A camp hospital had 1,074 beds. The camp also served as a prisoner of war camp.
The genesis of the UT Health Northeast was established in 1947, when the 50th Texas Legislature chartered it as the East Texas Tuberculosis Sanatorium. The first tuberculosis patients were admitted in 1949. The 62nd Texas Legislature renamed the institution the East Texas Chest Hospital in 1971, and designated it a primary referral facility in Texas for treatment of pulmonary and heart disease.
In 1977, the institution joined The University of Texas System, becoming UT Health Northeast. The primary mission of this academic medical center – governed by the UT System Board of Regents -- is three-fold: patient care, research, and education in the treatment of pulmonary and heart disease. The academic medical center consists of a 109-bed hospital and associated outpatient clinics.