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A glance through the decades of service


College of Nursing & Health Sciences logo1990 - Southeast's new MRImaging Center in the Regional Cancer Center was put into use. The Hospital established the Pediatric SPOT, an outpatient rehabilitation facility just for children. The Hospital also opened its first outreach office outside Cape Girardeau in nearby Jackson.
The Hospital established the Southeast Missouri Hospital School of Nursing. The LPN to RN diploma program, the first of its kind in Missouri, brought an added dimension to Southeast's long-standing commitment to Nursing.

1991 - Southeast opened the $1.2 million addition to the Harrison Annex in January. Included in the addition were spacious new waiting rooms for families with patients in Surgery or Critical Care and a beautifully decorated Chapel.

1994 - Southeast completed its largest expansion ever, the $19 million Clinical Services Building. The project increased by 40% the 250,000 square feet Southeast had under roof at that time. The community responded to this opportunity for growth in services and facilities by pledging over $1.5 million to the project.

The Hospital acquired Main Street Fitness Center in Jackson and Physical Therapy Associates in Cape.

History of Medicine Mural1996 - The new Hospital Lobby wing and the massive History of Medicine Mural, a fascinating look at man's medical progress, were completed and dedicated. Dedicated at the same time was the Hospital Foundation's Commemorative Brick Garden, located adjacent to the Lobby, where inscribed bricks have been placed in honor or memory of individuals.
History of Medicine Mural

1997 - Southeast opened the Generations Family Resource Center, a Hospital-based facility offering information, activities and services to meet an entire family's needs.

1998 - The Hospital opened Southeast Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, a bright, new facility providing a broad range of rehab services for children and adults.


February - Hospital's Board of Trustees approve a plan to convert Southeast's Dennis B. Elrod, M.D. Obstetrics and Gynecology Center to an LDRP -- Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum -- birthing center. Work should begin on the $4 million project in the fall. The project was approved by the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee in June.

June - Southeast Missouri Hospital has announced the affiliation of LifeBeat, its air medical service, with ARCH Air Service, Inc., a nationally-known air ambulance transportation provider with regional services in southern California, Nevada and St. Louis, Mo. The affiliation is a step toward LifeBeat's participation in the development of a regional air ambulance network


May - Southeast Missouri Hospital announced Tuesday, May 15, 2001, it has entered into a contract that will result in the acquisition of 21 acres of land on Cape Girardeau's west side. The acquisition will double the size of the Hospital campus.


Southeast Missouri Hospital begins construction on the 13th major addition. The Board of Trustees has approved construction of two new medical/surgical floors atop the Harrison Annex, along with a sweeping renovation of five existing nursing units. Work on the $16 million project began in July. The Hospital will occupy the two new floors in the summer of 2004. Hospital Administrator James W. Wente said the project will increase the number of private patient rooms throughout the Hospital from 39 to 107.


Southeast Missouri Hospital opens a new Orthopedics Unit. The five private and three semi-private rooms are equipped with individual climate control, built-in wood cabinetry and documentation stations with hands-free sinks. Private rooms feature 27-inch television sets, DVD players, hairdryers and baths with showers. The open, light design concept used on Orthopedics will be carried out on Southeast's two new patient room floors now under construction atop the Harrison Annex.