University Hospital Highlights
Building on a Foundation of Excellence
Since it's inception in 1906 the University Hospital has reached many significant milestones creating a timeline of excellence in achievement.
First open-heart surgery performed on 10 year
old Suzanne Beattie.
1906 - The 15-bed Strathcona Community Hospital opens its doors.
1914 - Dr. Tory establishes a Faculty of Medicine, creating a teaching hospital and establishing the foundation of excellence in education and research that continues today.
1919 - The new, expanded, 90 bed Campus Hospital is complete.
1953 - The University Hospital Forms a specialized cardiovascular unit.
1956 - The first successful open-heart surgery in Canada is performed by Dr. John Callaghan - opening the door for many other firsts at the University Hospital.
Transplant Firsts in Western Canada
1962 Cornea - Dr. Don Hassard
1967 Kidney - Dr. William Lakey
1985 Heart - Dr. Dennis Modry
1986 Heart/Lung - Dr. Dennis Modry
1989 Liver - Dr. Norm Kneteman
1989 Islet Cells - Dr. Ray Rajotte
1999 Edmonton Protocol - Dr. James Shapiro
2003 Intestinal - Dr. David Bigam
Early Islet Cell Transplant
1962 - First long term hemodialysis in Canada is performed.
1967 - The Northern Alberta Renal Program established- now the longest running renal program in Canada serving over 3,000 patients.
1971 - Intensive Care Unit for critically ill patients is established.
1972 - Air Ambulance Service established by Dr. Garner King.
1978 - World-renowned 11-bed Firefighters' Burn Treatment Unit opens.
1982 - First patients move into the current Walter Mackenze Centre.
1985 - STARS service begins.
2000 - Opening of a new Emergency and Trauma Department raises the bar in urgent and life-saving care.
2006 - The Zeidler Gastrointestinal Health Centre opens - Canada's first clinical facility dedicated to gastroenterology.