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A glance through the decades of service

1970s

1973 - Another wing was dedicated; a multi-level parking facility was completed and a three-floor addition to the east wing was completed.

1976 - The area's first nuclear pacemaker was placed in a patient.

1977 - The Hospital established the area' s first cardiac rehabilitation program.

1980s

Regional Cancer Center1980 - Southeast introduced the region's first wellness program designed to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

1981 - The Hospital completed construction of the $3 million, free-standing Regional Cancer Center. From a caseload of 35 radiation therapy patients in 1980, the Cancer Center today recorded more than 7,000 radiation therapy visits in 2010.

1983 - The $6.34 million Robert D. Harrison Annex was completed.

1984 - Southeast offered the region's first open heart surgery in October. By the fall of 2000, nearly 4,700 open heart surgeries have been performed by the Regional Heart Center team.

1985 - Southeast Home Health was established, bringing skilled nursing services into the homes of residents in seven southeast Missouri counties.

1986 - Southeast Hospice was established, offering a special kind of care to terminally ill patients and their families in 10 southeast Missouri counties. Doctors' Park Outreach was established.

1987 - Southeast's new Dennis B. Elrod, M.D. Obstetrics and Gynecology Center opened in 1987. Completed at a cost of $2 million, the Center introduced a new concept in childbirth to the region with its three "birthing" rooms. Also completed as part of the Elrod Center project was renovation of Southeast's 25-bed Pediatrics Department.

1989 - Southeast's commitment to providing quality health care continued with the addition of a second Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. Constructed at a cost of $1 million, the new lab complemented Southeast's full-service program of cardiac care.

Southeast Missouri Hospital progresses in the 1990s and beyond