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Our History

“A History of Progress in Healthcare for Tallahassee”

September 1979

Capital Medical Center opens.

September 1980

HCA purchases General Care Corporation.

January 1982

Capital Medical Center becomes HCA Tallahassee Community Hospital.

June 1982

TCH introduces CT Scan service.

February 1984

TCH opens The Family Center

June 1985

HRS grants TCH a Certificate of Need to expand and renovate current facility.

July 1986

TCH opens cardiac catheterization lab.

October 1986

TCH breaks ground for an $11 million expansion and renovation project.

November 1988

HRS issues final approval for TCH's renovated and expanded physical plant.

January 1989

TCH introduces Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy program.

April 1989

HRS issues final approval for TCH's open-heart surgical program and the first patient is accepted.

March 1990

The Family Center at TCH begins to provide labor-and-delivery services for women in the Tri-County area.

November 1990

TCH opens the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit (CSICU).

February 1993

TCH opens the “Walkabout” Mall Walking Program in conjunction with the Tallahassee Mall, offering a full exercise program for community residents.

July 1993

TCH opens a new Intensive Care Unit (ICU), adding nine critical-care beds in a newly constructed unit at the front of the hospital.

October 1994

TCH expands hyperbaric medical service with a new hyperbaric oxygen chamber that accommodates 12 patients.

March 1995

TCH acquires a primary care practice in Crawfordville, Florida.  TCH introduces and sponsors a chapter of Senior Friends, a National Association in conjunction with HCA, with a mission to promote and encourage better health for mature Americans.

June 1995

TCH upgrades the Mammography Suite with General Electric Senography DMR equipment.

March 1996

TCH introduces a Wound Treatment Center, providing treatment for non-healing wounds, diabetic ulcers and wounds caused by poor circulation.

April 1996

TCH announces the milestone of the 1,000th open heart surgery patient.  The program has developed a strong relationship with Mended Hearts, a community-based support group for heart patients.

April 1997

TCH surgeons begin performing an alternative to open heart surgery, Off Pump Coronary Artery Bypass (OPCAB)

July 1997

TCH operates primary care practices in the following outlying areas; change me Perry, Crawfordville and Madison.

September 1997

TCH begins $1.1 million dollar renovation and expansion of Emergency Department.

November 1997

TCH opens Seniors First, a comprehensive, outpatient healthcare center for patients on Medicare.

February 1998

TCH announces the milestone of its 10,000th cardiac catheterization procedure performed in the cath lab.

March 1998

Newly renovated and expanded Emergency Department opens, nearly tripling in size and doubling its number of treatment areas.

June 1999

TCH opens Conference Center adjacent to hospital for community health education seminars, meetings and related events.

August 1999

New outpatient heart catheterization lab is opened.

May 2000

TCH opens Progressive Care Unit (PCU)

November 2000

TCH announces new $100 million replacement hospital to be built by 2003.

June 2001

TCH opens 18 bed Ortho/Neuro Unit

August 2001

TCH opens ExpressCare division of Emergency Department to treat minor injuries and illnesses in an expeditious manner.

October 2001

Ground Breaking Ceremony October 25, 2001 for the new facility.

May 2002

TCH held a Topping Out Ceremony in which the last beam of steel was placed into the structure of the new facility.