TMC Firsts 1969-1989

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TMC 1969 - 1989

  • First in Arizona with a breast X-ray system that reduced radiation exposure to one-half second. (1969)
  • First Gastroenterology Lab in Tucson. (1969)
  • First quadruplet birth recorded in any Arizona hospital. (1970
  • First Ostomy Clinic in Southern Arizona. (1970)
  • First program in Tucson for testing hearing of newborns. (1970)
  • First IVAC infusion pump in Arizona. (1970)
  • First Pacemaker Clinic in Arizona. (1971)
  • First home visit program of its kind in Arizona for children with cystic fibrosis. (1971)
  • First in Tucson to have a Security Department employing its own special officers. (1971)
  • First cooperative effort in the nation to fight hospital infection, with TMC as the driving force behind the Inter-hospital Infection Control Committee. (1971)
  • First Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Tucson. (1972)
  • First free-standing Ambulatory Surgery Center for outpatients in Southern Arizona. (1974)
  • First three-year national training program for Enterostomal Therapists in the west. (1974)
  • First hospital-employee TV newscasts in the nation, produced by and for employees. (1974)
  • First EMI scanner in Arizona, for precise diagnosis in X-ray department. (1975)
  • First in Arizona to offer patients a full day of health education on in-house TV. (1975)
  • First Clinical Lab in Tucson to install a computer. (1978)
  • First full-body CAT scanner in Southern Arizona. (1979)
  • First in Arizona to have a Sieman's Angioskop to study the vessels of the heart. (1981)
  • First Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty heart procedure in Southern Arizona, a non-surgical alternative to open-heart surgery. (1981)
  • First in Tucson to treat a confirmed case of AIDS. (1983)
  • First in Southern Arizona with a long-term Pediatric Special Care Unit. (1984)
  • First in Tucson to have its own heart-assist devices, two Bio-Medicus pumps. (1985)
  • First Asthma Care Training Program in Arizona. (1985)
  • Joined with UMC to form first Level 1 Trauma Center in Arizona. (1985)
  • First Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system in Southern Arizona. (1985)
  • First in Southern Arizona to use cardiac ventricular assist. (1986)
  • First hospital-based Preadmission Services program in Southern Arizona. (1982)
  • First employer in Tucson to offer on-site care center for employees' sick children. (1987)
  • First and only in Southern Arizona to obtain a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. (1987)
  • First in Arizona to meet all national guidelines on universal body substance precautions. (1987)
  • First in Southern Arizona with an adaptive driving program for disabled drivers. (1988)
  • First in Southern Arizona to attach a medication pump to a patient to prevent premature labor. (1988)
  • First in Arizona to introduce a radio reading service, Sun Sounds. (1988)
  • First in Arizona to have a lithotripter to break up kidney stones with ultrasonic waves. (1988)
  • First in Arizona to implant Cosmos II, the newest and smallest pacemaker. (1988)
  • First in Tucson to offer Hispanic CPR class, in conjunction with American Heart Assn. (1988)
  • First in Tucson with a working linen recycling program. (1988)
  • First in Tucson to offer deep color Doppler in Vascular Lab. (1988)
  • First in Arizona with hospital-based Asbestos Abatement Team. (1989)
  • First in Southern Arizona with Laser Radiographic room. (1989)
  • First tunable dye argon laser in Southern Arizona for hospital use to unblock arteries. (1989)
  • First in the nation with a 30-hour training course for Hospice volunteers. (1989)
  • First smoke-free hospital in Tucson. (1989)
  • First Antepartum Program in Southern Arizona. (1989)