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1870

U-M establishes the Department of Physical Culture and Hygiene (predecessor of the School of Kinesiology).

1880

U-M adopts a policy, soon adopted by many other medical schools, to subscribe to every major medical journal in the world.

1927

Thomas Henry Simpson Memorial Institute for Medical Research is established at U-M.

1931

Fred J. Hodges joins the Medical School as head of roentgenology (radiology). Hodges will pioneer the idea of routine chest x-rays as part of hospital admission, a practice that becomes nearly standard everywhere and is credited with helping detect tuberculosis, heart trouble, and lung cancer.

1934

The Hollerith punch card system is implemented at University Hospital, recording patient statistical information about diagnosis, treatment, and condition at discharge to facilitate research on various diseases, particularly cancer.

1941

The Human Heredity Clinic is established to collect data and provide genetic counseling regarding hereditary disease, one of the first human  genetics programs in the country connected to a university hospital.

1944

The National Sanitation Foundation (now NSF International) is founded at SPH as an independent, not-for-profit organization to set standards for the food-service industry.

1953

The Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Hospital is dedicated.

1957

Walter McNerney, a professor of Hospital Administration in the School of Business, directs an unprecedented study of costs, reimbursement, utilization, and hospital economics in the state of Michigan, commissioned by the governor. McNerney went on to help design the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and oversaw the merger of Blue Cross and Blue Shield in the late 1970s.

1963

The Multi-Organ Transplant Program, the first transplant center in Michigan, is established at U-M.

1969

The Towsley Center for Continuing Medical Education opens.

1971

Hospital Economics, as well as “The Economic Effects of National Health Insurance,” are published by Sylvester Berki.

1972

Quantitative Techniques for Hospital Planning and Control is published by J.R. Griffith, a professor of Health Management and Policy and Medical Administration.

1976

Following a long tradition of university-governmental cooperation, SPH faculty and students help create a new Michigan State Public Health Code; the code becomes model for other states.

1987

The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients is established through a contract to Arbor Research by HRSA (AHRQ’s predecessor). The SRTR is an ever expanding national database of transplant statistics that supports ongoing evaluation of the scientific and clinical status of solid organ transplantation. 

1989

The Geriatric Research and Training Center is established at U-M, the first in the U.S., through a grant from the National Institute on Aging.

1990

SPH Professor Avedis Donabedian publishes the Seven Pillars of Quality. The Donabedian Paradigm forms the basis for the statistical model used to rank hospitals and health care facilities. 

1991

The U.S. National Nursing Home Resident Assessment Instrument (V 1.0 and 2.0) is implemented.

1996

The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) is established by Arbor Research. Now conducted in more than 20 countries, the DOPPS family of studies has illuminated the effects of dialysis practices on a wide range of patient outcomes. 

2010

Clinical Database to Support Comparative Effectiveness Studies of Complex Patients, 2005-2010 -AHRQ  grant is awarded to College of Pharmacy investigators. 

2014

U-M KECC is awarded a five-year federal contract, with a sub-contract to Arbor Research collaborators, to serve as the coordinating center for the United States Renal Data System.

2016

Inaugural IHPI Clinician Scholars Program cohort

In collaboration with the National Clinician Scholars Program, IHPI’s first Clinician Scholars begin their two-year training program on addressing new and emerging issues related to healthcare delivery and improving the health of communities. IHPI’s inaugural CSP cohort includes nurse, physician, and pharmacist researchers.

2016

Michigan-OPEN launches

Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (Michigan-OPEN), an initiative to develop a novel preventative approach to the opioid epidemic in the state of Michigan, launches under IHPI leadership.