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History of Maricopa Integrated Health System

A Tradition of Caring For More Than 140 Years

 

  • 1863
  • 1863

    1863 - Arizona territory established

  • 1865
  • 1865

    1865 - Territorial law set up to “provide for indigent sick of the county”

  • 1870
  • 1870

    1870 - Phoenix formed with 320 acres and 235 inhabitants

  • 1871
  • 1871

    1871 - Maricopa County created

  • 1876
  • 1876

    1876 - Small hospital developed by Dr. Wharton with three county patients

  • 1877
  • 1877

    1877 - County established a pest house (contagious diseases) within the city limits

  • 1883
  • 1883

    1883 - First county hospital opened near Seventh Avenue (and Roosevelt Street)

  • 1889
  • 1889

    1889 - Phoenix became the territorial capital

  • 1898
  • 1898

    1898 - County hospital (convalescent poor farm and hospital with 56 patients) relocated to Durango and 35th Avenue

    1898 - Tents (75 beds) added to poor farm

    1898 - The first automobile arrived in Phoenix.

  • 1912
  • 1912

    1912 - Arizona became a state

  • 1935
  • 1935

    1935 - Phoenix and its surrounding area began to be called “The Valley of the Sun,” which was an advertising slogan invented to boost tourism

  • 1948
  • 1948

    1948 - The hospital was licensed as a health care facility by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

  • 1949
  • 1949

    1939-1949 - Multiple additions to the hospital provided service space for medical, pediatric, obstetrical and surgical patients. The new building featured air conditioning and added 61 beds, bringing the total beds to 278

  • 1952
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    1952 - MIHS has one of the oldest and largest physician training programs in Arizona. The American Medical Association approved teaching hospital status for MIHS in 1952 and the medical education program began the following academic year.

  • 1953
  • 1953

    1953 - Maricopa County General Hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals

  • 1954
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    1954 - 100-bed tuberculosis wing built

  • 1955
  • 1955

    1955 - When the hospital and poor farm opened in West Durango, it was more than four miles from downtown Phoenix. It was many years before city growth reached the facility.

  • 1958
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    1958 - Medical library created to serve the residency programs

  • 1961
  • 1961

    1961 - The first hospital advisory board was formed.

  • 1962
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    1962 - New maternity wing built

  • 1965
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    1965 - Arizona Burn Center founded

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    1965 - MIHS opens the first Trauma Center in the state of Arizona

  • 1967
  • 1967

    1967 - Arizona Health Commissioner George Speedlove, County Health Commissioner Stan Farnsworth, MacDonald Wood, Derrill Manley, county hospital advisory board member al Brewer, and Maricopa County Medical Society President John Ash break ground for the new hospital.

  • 1970
  • 1970
  • 1971
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    1971 - The new Maricopa County General Hospital opened (the current MIHS location)

  • 1974
  • 1974

    1974 - The crisis nursery was built at the east end of the hospital campus.

  • 1976
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    1976 - New burn unit building built

  • 1978
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    1978 - A 92-bed behavioral health annex opened

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    1978 - Maricopa County Hospital Women’s Auxiliary formed

  • 1983
  • 1983 1983 - Image

    1983 - Name changed to Maricopa Medical Center to reflect a more positive public perception

  • 1988
  • 1988 1988 - Image

    1988 - Helipad enlarged to accommodate four helicopters

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    1988 - A crisis nursery for abused children built

  • 1989
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    1989 - The county’s first HIV specialty clinic, the McDowell Healthcare Center, established

  • 1991
  • 1991

    1991 - Maricopa Integrated Health System formed

  • 1992
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    1992 - Burn unit classified as a burn center

    1992 - New trauma receiving rooms built

  • 1993
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    1993 - First 24-hour pediatric emergency department established

    1993 - The Comprehensive Health Center opened.

  • 1995
  • 1995

    1995 - Maricopa Medical Center expanded to 555 beds

    1995 - The graduate medical education program was the largest in the entire country.

  • 1999
  • 1999

    1999 - Renovated Burn Center dedicated and renamed The Arizona Burn Center.

  • 2003
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    2003 - Maricopa County voters approved Special Health Care District

  • 2007
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    2007 - Arizona Children’s Center established

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    2007 - Pediatric emergency department renovated, nearly doubling its size

  • 2008
  • 2008

    2008 - Refugee Women’s Health Clinic opened

  • 2012
  • 2012

    2012 - Bond Advisory Committee formed

  • 2013
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    Betsey Bayless was appointed President Emeritus of the Maricopa Integrated Health System in September 2013 by the organization’s five member Governing Board after leading Arizona’s only public hospital system for eight years as President and Chief Executive Officer.

  • 2014
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    2014 - Bond Advisory Committee recommended the issuance of General Obligation Bonds not to exceed $935 Million

    2014 - Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board voted unanimously to place a General Obligation Bond on the ballot

    2014 - Maricopa County voters approve Proposition 480 by an overwhelming margin of approximately 64%

  • 2015
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    2015 - Pendergast Family Health Center opened

    2015 - Center for Disease Control designated MIHS an Ebola and Infectious Disease Treatment Center

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