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Duke Regional Hospital Through the Years

1895 - Watts Hospital opens with 22 beds.

1901 - Lincoln Hospital begins serving the African American community.

1921 - New, expanded hospitals for both Watts and Lincoln hospitals.

1940s - First bond referendum is approved by the community to add beds and improved services at both hospitals.

1950s - A time of growth, plus adding of new services.

1960 - Both hospitals need expansion, but the $15-million bond referendum is defeated.

1964 - Watts Hospital officially integrates by hiring African American staff and physicians and treating patients. Lincoln, which has an integrated medical staff, opens its doors to white patients.

1968 - $20-million bond referendum passes that ends the two separate facilities and brings them together under one roof.

1971 - Watts Hospital merges with the newly formed Durham County Hospital Corporation.

1971- Lincoln Community Health Center opens.

June 19, 1972 - Groundbreaking of Durham County General Hospital at its present location.

1973 - Lincoln Hospital joins Durham County Hospital Corporation.

October 3, 1976 - Durham County General Hospital opens. A merging of Lincoln Hospital and Watts Hospital, the new 487-bed, seven-story hospital was provided a full range of services to the citizens of Durham County.

October 10, 1976 - First patients are transferred to Durham County General Hospital.

1976 - Durham County Hospital Corporation takes responsibility for emergency management services (EMS) for Durham County.

1975 - Foundation for Better Health is created.

1979 - Health Services Center is built.

1980 - George Washington Watts Memorial Building opens and new EMS facility opens.

1982- Lincoln Community Health Center moved to its current Fayetteville Street location.

1985 - Oakleigh, a substance abuse and detoxification center, opens.

1988 - Cardiac catheterization lab opens; new labor and delivery suites are added.

1989 - Open heart surgery unit opens and first open-heart surgery at Durham County General Hospital is performed.

1990 - Name changes to Durham Regional Hospital.

1994 - Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center becomes part of the Durham County Hospital Corporation.

1994 - Major renovations take place, including Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center, lobby, emergency services, operating rooms, and new entrance.

1998 - Durham County Hospital Corporation forms partnership with Duke University Health System.

2000 - Focus begins on centers of excellence in services including women’s heart, orthopaedics, surgery, cancer, rehabilitation, psychiatry, and primary care services.

2003 - Select Specialty Hospital opens on the sixth floor of Durham Regional, offering long-term acute care services.

2005 - Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center is involved in $1.9-million expansion project.

2005 - Durham Regional Hospital begins $2.9-million renovation project to upgrade seven nursing units

2006 - A new intermediate cardiac care unit opens featuring a telemetry hub with state-of-the-art remote cardiac and oxygen saturation and recording, a chest pain center, and a six-bay observation hub with a new cardiac telemetry monitoring system.

2006 - Nursing station renovations continue on patient care floors.

2007 - Strategic plan is developed to serve as a “road map” for the future of the hospital.

2007 - Watts School of Nursing is expanded and moved to a new location.

2008 - An $8.6 million renovation is completed, creating a 22-bed state-of-the-art critical care unit with all private rooms.

2008 - New linear accelerator installed in the radiation oncology clinic.

2008 - A six-room bariatric suite is constructed on the sixth floor and the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery is converted to a Durham Regional Hospital-based clinic in a newly renovated space in the Health Services Center.

2008 - Two MRIs are upgraded to 16-channel with breast MR and angiography capabilities.

2009 - Unit 4-1 is opened as a 15-bed medical surgical unit, expanding our capacity to care for patients.

2009 - Cardiac catheterization laboratory undergoes full equipment replacement.

2009 - Emergency department is renovated, adding five new treatment rooms, an improved triage area, nurses’ station, and discharge center.

2009 - Labor and delivery triage rooms are renovated to increase space and accommodate additional patient volume. The nurses’ station and waiting area are also upgraded.

2009 - Mammography is upgraded from analog to digital capabilities.

2010 - Two new 64-sliced computed tomography (CT) scanners are installed at the hospital.

2010 - One of the interventional vascular suites is renovated and upgraded with new equipment.

2010 - Critical care unit waiting area is renovated with new televisions, furniture, and wood flooring.

2011- Durham Regional’s surgical robot was replaced with the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System. This state-of-the-art surgical robot provides patients all the benefits of a minimally invasive procedure and offers surgeons unparalleled precision, dexterity and control for many complex surgical procedures.

2012- Emergency Department was transformed with new registration, waiting room and triage area.

2012- The Outpatient Services and Preoperative Clinic was added, offering a parking lot specifically for patients coming for outpatient procedures or preoperative appointments, a dedicated entrance just steps away from the parking area and one-stop registration right inside the entrance.

2013- The coffee shop and Giftique (hospital gift shop) were renovated. The Giftique location moved to allow space for a new Admissions/Check-In area in the main lobby.

July 1, 2013- Name changes to Duke Regional Hospital

March 1, 2014 Duke Regional launched a new electronic medical record technology called Duke Maestro Care. Maestro Care replaced more than 100 clinical information systems and created a single electronic medical record of patients’ personal health and healthcare history within Duke Medicine.

May 1, 2014 Katie Galbraith, MBA, named first female president of Duke Regional Hospital.

2014 The MRI Department was renovated with new flooring, walls, waiting areas, exam rooms and a new MRI machine that accommodates patients up to 500 pounds, is quieter, brighter and offers feet-first imaging for certain procedures to reduce patient anxiety.

2014 Nuclear Medicine was renovated to create a clean, calm atmosphere through new floors, wall colors and structural changes. Also added were two new cameras that offer enhanced imaging capabilities and superb image quality using lower doses of radiation when compared to standard Nuclear Medicine protocols. The new machines can also accommodate patients up to 500 pounds.