A history of Children's Hospital through the Koppel years

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  • September 1976: Short-stay surgery unit opened
  • February 1978: First Child Life Department in Tennessee established
  • August 1980: Neonatal intensive care nursery reopened
  • October 1981: 10,000-square-foot emergency/outpatient department opens
  • 1982: Reconstructive and pediatric urology added to medical subspecialties
  • May 1983: First Children's Hospital Telethon held
  • September 1983: The Oliver William Hill Jr., M.D., Pediatric Neurology Laboratory opens
  • October 1983: Ultrasound testing added to growing list of diagnostic technologies
  • January 1984: Management assumed of East Tennessee Children's Rehabilitation Center
  • November 1985: Children's Hospital Inpatient Psychiatric Services (C.H.I.P.S.) opens; first "Fantasy of Trees," sponsored by the Auxiliary and the Development Council of East Tennessee Children's Hospital, held
  • June 1986: Construction begins on professional medical office building linked to the hospital by covered walkway; hospital joins with MedFlight to provide the only air ambulance program in region with specially trained pediatric nurses
  • December 1986: Medical office building opens
  • February 1987: Pediatric gastroenterology laboratory opens
  • September 1987: Major expansion announced during 50th anniversary celebration
  • November 1988: Work begins to add two floors to patient tower and one to administrative tower
  • March 1989: Specialty physicians office opens at Fort Sanders West
  • August 1989: Child-care center opens
  • September 1989: Outpatient psychiatric services added
  • March 1991: Mobile neonatal intensive care unit purchased; at the time was nation's largest ambulance
  • April 1991: Hospital designated a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center
  • May 1991: Expansion by 34,800 square feet completed, as well as renovation of 56,400 square feet
  • July 1991: Approved to establish a cystic fibrosis satellite center affiliated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • September 1991: Radiology department opens nuclear medicine service
  • October 1991: Pulmonary service established
  • December 1992: Non-emergency care center opens
  • January 1993: Medical office building parking garage completed
  • April 1993: First Center Stage benefit held
  • July 1993: A pediatric ground transport service via Lifeline inaugurated
  • October 1993: Pediatric physiatry added to medical subspecialties
  • December 1993: Two-story entrance completed
  • March 1994: Surgery department expanded to seven surgical units and 18 outpatient beds
  • June 1994: The 12th annual Children's Miracle Network telethon breaks $1 million milestone
  • August 1994: Children's Primary Care Center opens
  • Fall 1994: Construction completed on 8,000-square-foot ambulatory care center
  • August 1996: Children's Hospital Home Health Care moves to larger location
  • March 1998: Expansion and renovation of surgery, outpatient surgery and the post-anesthesia care unit completed
  • April 1999: Children's Plaza, a three-story office building, opens
  • August 1999: Children's West approved to offer physician office space and outpatient services on an 18-acre site
  • April 2001: Second Lifeline transport van, an intensive care unit on wheels, purchased
  • June 2001: Children's West Surgery Center, a joint venture between hospital and 14 area surgeons and dentists, announced
  • September 2001: Children's Plaza Building renamed Koppel Plaza in honor of Bob Koppel, who was celebrating his 25th anniversary as hospital president
  • November 2001: Hospital announces plans for a seven-story patient tower, a third-floor addition of the Emergency Department and renovations, including turning semi-private patient rooms into private rooms
  • December 2001: Children's Hospital Home Health Care moves to a larger location in Farragut; employee parking garage opens; construction begins on expansion to Koppel Plaza
  • Spring 2002: Construction begins on Children's West Surgery Center
  • June 2002: 20th annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon tops the $2 million mark
  • March 2003: Construction begins on Children's Hospital Rehabilitation Center on West campus
  • April 2003: Children's West Surgery Center completed, one of only 10 pediatric outpatient surgery centers in the country
  • Spring 2004: Physicians create pediatric sedation service to offer greater safety and comfort when general anesthesia unnecessary
  • Spring 2005: Pediatric dermatology added to subspecialties
  • July 2005: Pediatric nephrology added to subspecialties
  • Fall 2005: Hospital's $31.8 million, three-year expansion completed
  • March 2006: Capital campaign announced, along with $5 million in pledges supporting the $10 million fundraising effort. Bob and Wendy Goodfriend of Knoxville committed $3 million and because of their long history of support, the hospital named the new seven-story patient facility the Goodfriend Tower. The Haslam family pledged $1 million and the expanded neonatal intensive care unit is named in their honor. Scott M. Niswonger committed $1 million; the expanded Emergency Department bears his name
  • June 2006: President Bob Koppel announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2007
  • August 2006: Alliance with Holston Valley Regional Children's Hospital and Center in Kingsport
  • February 2007: The Children's Hospital Rehabilitation Center opens indoor therapy pool
  • March 2007: Keith Goodwin named president and CEO
  • Source: East Tennessee Children's Hospital

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