Important firsts through the years

Important firsts through the years

Memorial has pursued a policy of innovation not out of a competitive spirit, but because at Memorial the patient comes first.

Many of the Memorial Network’s firsts are listed below.

  • Cobalt-60 radiation therapy unit for cancer treatment
  • Formal Department of Anesthesia under the direction of an anesthesiologist
  • Nuclear Medicine Department
  • Formal Department of Respiratory Care under the direction of a registered respiratory therapist
  • ICU
  • Pulmonary Laboratory
  • Arteriography diagnostic equipment
  • Cardiovascular service and non-invasive blood flow
  • Hyperbaric Medicine Department
  • “FAST TRACK” service in the emergency department
  • Extended care facility owned and operated by a hospital (now Memorial Care Center)
  • 3 Tesla MRI
  • da Vinci Surgical System
  • Hybrid operating system
  • Hospital serving Shiloh/O’Fallon