TMC Firsts 1990-1999

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TMC 1990 - 1999

  • First Steris Sterilizer in Arizona for use with endoscopic instruments. (1990)
  • First Candela laser in Arizona for use on birthmarks and spider veins. (1990)
  • First Therasonic Lithotripsy treatment system for gallstones. (1990)F
  • First Breast Screening Service to be accredited by American College of Radiology.(1990)
  • First in Arizona to test monoclonal antibody treatment for ovarian cancer. (1990)
  • First in Southern Arizona with remote high dose afterloader for cancer treatment. (1990)
  • First in Southern Arizona to perform laparoscopic gall bladder removal. (1990)
  • First in Southern Arizona to perform carpal tunnel repair with arthroscope. (1990)
  • First in Southern Arizona with dual energy X-ray absorptiometry as a bone densitometer. (1991)
  • First Wound Care Team in Southern Arizona. (1991)
  • First in Southern Arizona to offer Critical Incident Stress Debriefing to employees. (1991)
  • First in Tucson to offer hearing amplification system for the hearing impaired in meetings. (1991)
  • First in Tucson to use a still to clean and reuse xylene. (1992)
  • First outpatient lab (TMCHE) in Arizona to offer blood tests for lead poisoning. (1991)
  • First in Arizona to use sterilizing equipment that eliminates CFC and ethylene oxide emissions. (1992)
  • First in Southern Arizona with an Acute Cardiac Team. (1992)
  • First in Southern Arizona to perform thorascopic surgery. (1992)
  • First in the nation to offer patients and visitors the New Parents Network computer data bank. (1992)
  • First in Tucson to open lactation clinic to help breastfeeding moms. (1993)
  • First in Southern Arizona to use neuro-viewing wand to guide neurosurgery. (1994)
  • First in Tucson to use canine security patrols for crime prevention and community education. (1994)
  • First in Southern Arizona to perform lung reduction surgery. (1995)
  • First in Southern Arizona to be named one of the Top 100 hospitals in the country. (1995)
  • First in Southern Arizona to perform minimally invasive valve surgery. (1996)
  • First in Southern Arizona to be named Quality Leader by National Research Council. (1996)
  • First in Southern Arizona to infuse Respigam to prevent RSV. (1996)
  • First in Southern Arizona to perform endoscopic vein harvest. (1996)
  • First hospital-based pediatric Respigam infusion program in Southern Arizona (1997)
  • First in Arizona to use Force Sensing Array to detect body areas at risk for pressure wounds. (1997)
  • First in Southern Arizona to establish a Chest Pain Center. (1997)
  • First hospital-based mother-baby follow-up program in Southern Arizona. (1997)
  • First in Southern Arizona to offer TransUrethral Microwave Therapy for enlarged prostate. (1997)
  • First in Southern Arizona with 24-hour perinatology coverage in labor and delivery. (1998)