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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