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University Hospital History

University Hospital has been providing world-class care to Missourians for more than 100 years. 

1901-1949

1901

Parker Memorial hospital opens. 

1923

Noyes Hospital, the University's second facility, opens. 

1950s

1952

University Hospital officially becomes an Academic Medical Center and receives $13.6 million in funding for the construction of a new hospital.

1953

Construction starts on University Hospital. The seven-floor structure was designed to have a 441-bed outpatient and emergency care facility. 

1956

September 16

  • University Hospital opens on One Hospital Drive. Forty-nine patients are transferred from Parker Memorial and Noyes Hospital. 
  • Hugh E. Stephenson Jr., MD, led the team that performed the first surgery at University Hospital. 
September 17
  • The first baby is born at University Hospital.

1957

Twenty-one medical students receive four-year medical degrees from the University of Missouri.

1958

On January 24, 1958 the first open-heart surgery is performed in the area lead by Hugh E. Stephenson Jr., MD and cardiologist Jack Martt, MD. 

1960s

1964

The first prosthetic heart valve is implanted at University Hospital.

1966

The research wing is added to the Medical School portion of University Hospital.

1968

In June, ambulance service begins at University Hospital.

1969

Nutrition and food services starts tray service for patients.

1970s

1971

Nutrition and food services starts tray service for patients.

1972

First kidney transplant procedure in the area takes place at University Hospital.

1977

George David Peak Memorial Burn Care Center is dedicated.

1980s

1982

University Hospital’s Level 1 Trauma Center is established, and the Staff for Life Helicopter Service begins. 

1986

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit opens; this was the only one at the time in central Missouri.

1989

First heart transplant is performed in the area, lead by Jack Curtis, MD.

1989

In December, the first MRI is performed.

1990s

1995

Missouri Telehealth Network is established so patients in rural areas can receive care from University Hospital without having to drive to the clinic. 

1996

An angioplasty is performed on a 13 ounce infant

1999

The Critical Care Tower is dedicated. It is home to surgical, cardiac, nonsurgical and neonatal intensive car units. 

2000s

2001

Patient Safety Net is created. The electronic event reporting system available online to health care staff, physicians and consumers is one of the first web-based systems in the country.

2002

The new Emergency Center opens at University Hospital. 

2009

The Missouri Psychiatric Center opens in the facility previously occupied by the state’s Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center.

2010s

2010

The Missouri Orthopaedic Institute opens as central Missouri's largest freestanding orthopaedic center. 

2010

Children's Hospital moves to Women's and Children's Hospital in the former Columbia Regional Hospital building. 

2013

University Hospital expands, opening a new patient care tower. Ellis Fischel Cancer Center moves from Business Loop to the patient care tower, bringing outpatient and inpatient cancer care under one roof. 

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One Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65212
573-882-4141

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