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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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Important Milestones in UTHSCT History

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2012

  • Ed Sauter, MD, Ph.D., director of the Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center, receives a $1.1 million STARS grant from The University of Texas System to support his research into the prevention and early detection of breast cancer.
  • In August, UT Health Northeast enrolls the first class of students in its Master of Science in Biotechnology Program who will graduate with a UT Health Northeast degree. The program began 16 years ago as a collaboration with Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Students attended classes and did their research at UT Health Northeast, but received their degrees from SFA.
  • Richard Wallace, MD, an infectious disease specialist, is ranked in the top 1 percent of physicians in his field by U.S. News and World Report magazine.
  • “A Night to Remember” benefit on May 17 raises $809,000 for scholarships to the biotechnology master’s degree program in UT Health Northeast’s School of Medical Biological Sciences.
  • Tyler City Council votes to annex UT Health Northeast, expanding the boundaries of the city to include the UT Health Northeast campus. Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass says the annexation shows the importance of the health care sector to the city’s economy.
  • David Coultas, MD, a nationally known pulmonologist at UT Health Northeast, contributed to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report that outlines policies to help people live well despite chronic disease. The IOM is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides unbiased and authoritative advice to decision-makers and the public.

2011

  • University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, MD, and UT System Regent Robert Stillwell speak at the dedication of the new Academic Center and the celebration of the opening of the new Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center. More than 800 people attend the outside event, despite cool and rainy weather.
  • The new internal medicine residency program at Longview’s Good Shepherd Medical Center (GSMC) is officially approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, clearing the way for it to admit its first class of residents in July 2012. The three-year residency program is a partnership between GSMC and the health science center.
  • Research by lead investigator Amir Shams, Ph.D., and a team of UT Health Northeast scientists indicate that a natural chemical produced by the body boosts the immune system and protects against lethal flu infections. If these results are confirmed, their research could change the way people are protected against the flu. Rather than getting an annual flu shot, individuals might be able to use a nasal spray that boosts their lungs’ immune system, enabling them to fight off the flu.

2010

  • Torry Tucker, Ph.D., a young biomedical researcher, receives a Rising STARs Award of $250,000 from The University of Texas System. Rising STARs awards are given to bright young researchers with outstanding potential. The acronym STAR stands for Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention.
  • In March, Good Shepherd Health System announces the signing of a memorandum of understanding with UT Health Northeast to create a three-year internal medicine residency program, which will be located at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.
  • Richard Wallace, MD, professor of medicine and microbiology at UT Health Northeast, receives the prestigious CHEST 2010 Murray Kornfeld Memorial Founders Lecture by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). The ACCP is the premiere professional society of lung specialists in the United States, and this honor is given to just one of its 16,500 members annually.

2009

  • Ground is broken for UT Health Northeast’s new $67 million, 81,000 square-foot Academic Center. The three-story building will house a new cancer center on the first floor. It will have classrooms for an expanded Family Medicine Residency Program, a new Watson W. Wise Medical Research Library, and a large auditorium on the second and third floors.
  • A study by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, finds that UT Health Northeast is among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for pulmonary care. UT Health Northeast receives the 2010 Pulmonary Care Excellence Award, as well as Five-Star Ratings for treatment of pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. It also receives the 2009/2010 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, placing it in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for providing exemplary service to patients.
  • UT Health Northeast is recognized – for the third time in four years – for its care of patients with coronary artery disease and heart failure by the AHA/ASAs “Get With the Guidelines” program. UT Health Northeast is one of just 15 Texas hospitals and 106 U.S. hospitals to receive the Gold Award from the AHA/ASA in coronary artery disease.
  • The NIH awards UT Health Northeast a five-year, $3.25 million grant to determine if showing people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) how to participate in pulmonary rehabilitation in their own home will improve their health and quality of life.

2008

  • The UT System Board of Regents approves the use of “science” in the institution’s name. It now officially becomes UT Health Northeast.
  • UT Health Northeast receives patients evacuated from UTMB’s hospital in Galveston as Hurricane Ike bears down on the Texas Gulf Coast. Because of the devastation, some of these very ill patients remain at UT Health Northeast for several weeks. Family Medicine physicians and residents again provide medical care for evacuees in Tyler’s emergency shelters.
  • The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association again recognizes UT Health Northeast for its care of cardiac and stroke patients. It is one of only 14 hospitals in Texas and 184 hospitals in the nation to receive the Silver Award from the AHA/ASA in coronary artery disease.
  • The Center for Pulmonary and Infectious Disease Control at UT Health Northeast celebrates its 15th anniversary. The Texas Legislature established it in 1993 to conduct research into infectious diseases of the lung and to provide a free infectious disease telephone consulting service to Texas physicians and health care agencies.

2006

  • The new 10,000-square-foot University Health Clinic opens near the corner of University Boulevard and Patriot Drive on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. It is open to the public, offering services in family medicine, allergy care, and rheumatology, with on-site radiology and lab services. In addition, the UT Tyler Student Health Clinic serves the health care needs of UT Tyler students.
  • UT Health Northeast is one of just 118 hospitals in the United States to be recognized for its care of cardiac and stroke patients by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With the Guidelines” program. UT Health Northeast receives the program’s Performance Achievement Award for Coronary Artery Disease.

2005

  • The new, $11.3 million wing of the Center for Biomedical Research opens, adding 30,000 feet of lab and office space to the existing building.
  • The 79th Texas Legislature authorizes UT Health Northeast to award academic degrees.
  • The Riter Center for Advanced Medicine is dedicated in memory of A.W. “Dub” Riter, a former UT System regent and longtime board member and supporter of UT Health Northeast.
  • UT Health Northeast receives the largest government-funded research grant in its history: almost $7.8 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health to study lung scarring.
  • UT Health Northeast is part of the statewide response to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. Family medicine physicians and residents provide medical care to hurricane evacuees staying in Tyler emergency shelters. UT Health Northeast takes care of patients evacuated from The University of Texas Medical Branch hospital in Galveston.

2004

  • The $2.2 million Public Health Laboratory of East Texas, a joint project of UT Health Northeast and the Texas Department of Health, opens on the UT Health Northeast campus. Because of special safety and security features, the lab is able to study microbes such as West Nile virus.
  • Research funding, much of it from the National Institutes of Health, exceeds $10 million for the first time.

2003

The 78th Texas Legislature names UT Health Northeast the East Texas Center for Rural Geriatric Studies, allowing it to develop the Center for Healthy Aging and apply for government grants to fund research into the aging process.

2002

Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, is named president of UT Health Northeast by The UT System Board of Regents.

1998

The first UT Health Northeast president is appointed: Ronald F. Garvey, MD, MBA.

1996

The four-story Ambulatory Care Center is completed, with the first two floors finished and the top two floors left unfinished for future expansion.

1995

  • An Occupational Medicine Residency Program is approved.
  • UT Health Northeast and Stephen F. Austin State University partner to offer master’s degrees in environmental science and biotechnology.

1987

The $9 million, 71,000-square-foot Center for Biomedical Research is completed.

1986

UT Health Northeast receives more that $3.5 million in research dollars and is the leading research institution in East Texas.

1985

  • The Family Practice Residency Program begins, admitting six physicians. It is the first medical graduate training program in East Texas.
  • UT Health Northeast is designated as a national Cystic Fibrosis Satellite Center.

1984

The Watson W. Wise Medical Research Library is dedicated, the only medical research library in East Texas.

1983

  • UT Health Northeast physicians perform the first open heart surgery in East Texas.
  • Allen B. Cohen, MD, a nationally known pulmonologist and lung disease researcher, is named executive associate director of UT Health Northeast. His charge is to recruit a distinguished scientific team who will conduct both basic and clinical research into lung diseases.

1980

The six-floor patient care annex is completed and open for business, while the first three floors of the older hospital tower are remodeled to house patient care support activities.

1977

The 65th Texas Legislature transfers control of the hospital from the Texas Board of Health to the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System. The regents christen it UT Health Northeast.

1976

$17.3 million in state funds is authorized to expand and renovate the facility.

1971

The 62nd Texas Legislature changes the name to the East Texas Chest Hospital and designates it the primary referral facility in Texas for patient care, education, and research into diseases of the chest.

1970

George Hurst, MD, becomes director of the hospital.

1969

The 61st Texas Legislature gives the hospital authority to develop pilot health care programs for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. An outpatient clinic is organized.

1964

Dr. Hurst is named clinical director of the hospital.

1957

A six-floor, 325-bed hospital tower opens after two years of construction.

1951

The 52nd Texas Legislature renames the facility the East Texas Tuberculosis Hospital.

1949

The hospital begins taking care of the first group of patients with tuberculosis.

1947

Receives its charter from the 50th Texas Legislature as the East Texas Tuberculosis Sanatorium.

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