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K-Wing groundbreaking 
Plans for K-wing
January 22, 1981
K-Wing Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new $21.1 million, 11-story wing of the LSU Hospital in Shreveport were held at 4:30 p.m. on January 22, 1981. Governor David C. Treen was the principal speaker and participated in the symbolic “turning of the soil,” along with Chancellor Allen A. Copping and Dean Ike Muslow. Architects for the project were Randle L. Hand and Associates in collaboration with Century A-E, a Joint Venture Architects, while Robert E. McKee, Inc. of Dallas served as the general contractor. The new wing consisted of 210,528 gross square feet and housed 16 operating rooms, a neonatal intensive care unit and expanded labor and delivery suites. Five patient care floors with a maximum of 46 beds per floor allowed for the discontinuation of four-bed wards. The new wing was located immediately south of the main hospital and included admitting and administrative areas, a central medical supply, and warehouse space.

In their 1979 interview, Dr. Leonard Goldman and Dr. Joe Holoubek discuss the construction of the new K-wing building.
Children’s Center
  April 30, 1981
Children’s Center of the School of Allied Health Professions Opened

The Children’s Center, under the direction of the LSU Medical Center’s School of Allied Health Professions, formally began operations on April 30, 1981 at 3730 Blair Drive. Organized by Program Director Clydie Mitchell, the purpose of the Center was to provide comprehensive evaluations of children with known or suspected handicapped conditions, training and support programs for their families, student training for the LSU Allied Health students, and learning for infants up to three years of age. Having served children from throughout north Louisiana for three decades, the Children’s Center continues to be a vital community resource.
Muslow named Vice-Chancellor
Interview with Muslow
  July 1, 1981
Ike Muslow Named LSUMC Vice-Chancellor

Ike Muslow, Dean of the LSU Medical Center since 1975, was named Vice-Chancellor for Shreveport Affairs of the Louisiana State University Medical Center, effective July 1, 1981. As vice-chancellor, Muslow was responsible for liaison activities between the Shreveport and New Orleans campuses, coordination of medical services for the LSU Hospital and the E.A .Conway Memorial Hospital in Monroe, and the development of new programs.

In this video clip, Dr. Muslow comments that he is being considered for the position of Vice-Chancellor.
Acting Dean Rigby
  July 1, 1981
Perry Gardner Rigby, M.D. named Acting Dean

With the promotion of Dr. Ike Muslow to Vice-Chancellor, Perry G. Rigby was named Acting Dean, effective July 1, 1981. On February 1, 1982, Rigby was named Dean, a position he held until August 31, 1985.
K-Wing “topped out”
  May 27, 1982
Topping Out Ceremony Held for K-Wing

“Topping out” is a tradition in the construction industry, signifying the completion of the structural framework. The LSU Medical Center’s K-Wing was “topped out” on May 27, 1982 when an Italian rock pine was hoisted to the top. The pine tree was chosen to bring good luck and keep away the evil spirits. Construction superintendent Fred Brown presided at the ceremony and was joined by LSU Medical Center officials Dr. Allen A. Copping, Dr. George Meneely, Dr. Perry G. Rigby, Robert C. Hall, and Dr. Ike Muslow.
Founders’ Day invitation
  October 27, 1982
LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport Founders’ Day Observed

More than three hundred and fifty guests gathered to celebrate Founders' Day on October 27, 1982. Earlier that year, the tenth graduating class received their medical degrees from the School of Medicine. To commemorate this milestone, Founders' Day was held the following October, just one day before the seventh anniversary of the medical school building dedication. The guest speaker was U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., who as a member of the 1965 Louisiana Legislature introduced into the House of Representatives the bill that authorized the establishment of the School of Medicine in Shreveport.

Linwood Apartments
  June 30, 1983
Linwood Apartments Closed Due to Safety Code Deficiencies

Ever since the first class of medical students arrived in 1969, the Linwood Apartments became their home. The 364-unit complex was built in 1951 as a federal housing project and was acquired by the LSU Medical Center in 1966. An April 1983 inspection by the Office of the State Fire Marshal revealed a number of safety code deficiencies that required immediate correction. Plans were already underway for construction of new student housing at the Linwood site, but was to be accomplished in two phases with only half of the apartments to be razed in 1983. Since the cost of meeting the Fire Marshal’s requirements would have been several hundred thousand dollars, the decision was made to raze all 364 units at one time. Although the Linwood Apartment Complex was used primarily for student housing, a number of units were used for office and clinic space, and therefore were not demolished at the time. Eventually, all of the apartments were torn down and the complex was not rebuilt. The Mollie E. Webb Speech and Hearing Center and the M-Lot South parking area now occupy the site.
Burn treatment center needed
  March 29, 1984
Regional Burn Center Opens

The need for a burn and trauma center located in north Louisiana had been evident for many years. By the late 1970s officials at the LSU Medical Center began planning for renovations to existing hospital space that would be devoted to burn and trauma units. The renovations for the Regional Burn Center were completed in March 1984, making it possible for residents of north Louisiana to receive treatment for burns without traveling hours for treatment.
Reed Anatomy Lab
  November 27, 1984
Dedication of Adrian F. Reed Gross Anatomy Laboratory

The LSU School of Medicine Class of 1985 dedicated the Gross Anatomy Lab to the memory of Dr. Adrian F. Reed, founding head of the Anatomy Department. In their Resolution dedicating the lab, the students wrote “Dr. Reed, acting as Professor Emeritus, has personally educated and truly inspired the 1981 freshman anatomy class of the LSU Medical Center, as he has done with the twelve previous classes at LSUMC in Shreveport.” A plaque outside the Laboratory honors the memory of Dr. Reed.
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  January 3, 1985
Medical Center Update Debuts

Medical Center Update was a weekly 30-minute television show produced at the LSU Medical Center by the Biomedical Communications Department (now Medical Communications) that debuted on January 3, 1985. From 1985 to 1992, 139 episodes were filmed and hosted by Medical School Deans Darryl M. Williams, Ike Muslow, Warren Otterson and Arthur M. Freeman, III. Shown on cable television, these updates featured topics of interest to the community such as drug addiction, stress, sleep disorders, diabetes and organ transplantation. Other topics included information about the Medical Center, its faculty, and its services.
Muslow moves first patient into new wing
  January 22, 1985
K-Wing Completed

Exactly four years after the first spade of sod was turned on January 22, 1981, the new 11-story K-Wing of the LSU Hospital was ready for occupancy. The Hospital now had five additional floors for active inpatient care, two floors of surgical suites, a much expanded obstetrical service and a more sophisticated neonatal intensive care unit.
Perry G. Rigby, M.D.
  September 1, 1985
Perry G. Rigby Named LSU Medical Center Chancellor

With the promotion of Allen A. Copping to President of the LSU System, Perry Rigby assumed the duties of the LSU Medical Center Chancellor on September 1, 1985. Rigby had served as the Dean of the School of Medicine in Shreveport from July 1, 1981 to August 31, 1985.
Dr. Darryl M. Williams
  September 1, 1985
Darryl Marlowe Williams, M.D. named Acting Dean

With the promotion of Perry Rigby to Chancellor, Darryl M. Williams was named Acting Dean of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport on September 1, 1985. Although a search for a permanent Dean yielded 36 other applicants, Williams was chosen and officially became Dean on September 1, 1986 and served in that capacity until August 31, 1990.
Dr. Mohsin Hakim
Double transplant
  July 1989
Willis-Knighton/LSU Regional Transplant Center Established

Established in July 1989, the Willis-Knighton/LSU Regional Transplant Center combined the expertise of LSU Medical Center’s transplant surgeons with Willis-Knighton’s clinical facilities, experience nd support. The Medical Center’s successful renal transplant program became the foundation for the multi-organ transplantation program planned for this joint venture. Heart transplant surgeon, Dr. Mohsin Hakim of the Mayo Clinic, joined the staff in August 1989. The first heart transplant in Shreveport was performed on June 4, 1990 and in the span of three years, another 58 heart transplants had been completed. In 1991, the liver transplant program was added, and in 1995, the Center gained approval for pancreatic transplantation.

The first simultaneous heart-kidney transplantation in Louisiana was successfully performed here on February 14, 1993 by Drs. Mary Mancini, Robert McMillin and David Hargroder. In 1995, the Willis-Knighton/LSUHSC Regional Transplant Center received the "Center of Excellence" designation from the Department of Health and Human Services for its liver transplantation program. This placed the Center among only 42 liver transplant programs nationwide with this recognition.

New program for LSUMC-S
  December 13, 1989
First Louisiana Autologous Bone Marrow Transplant Performed at LSUMC

At a December 13th press conference, doctors at the LSU Medical Center announced the start of Louisiana’s first autologous bone marrow transplant program. Joining Dr. Jonathan Glass, Dr. Glenn Mills, and Dr. Gary V. Burton at the press conference was Roy Jackson, a patient who underwent the first procedure several weeks earlier. An autologous transplant is when the bone marrow is taken from the patient, preserved and treated with intensive chemotherapy and then given back to the patient.