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This Month in Our History

This Month in our History
To learn about other interesting events that occurred this month, visit the Medical Library and see the entire exhibit located by the elevators on the first floor.


January 21, 1971

Pant Suits for Women Employees Approved

A January 21, 1971 memo from Dr. Edgar Galloway, Director of the Confederate Memorial Medical Center, directed to department heads and all hospital personnel addressed the suitability of pants uniforms for female employees. The memo set forth standards and policies governing the wearing of pants and specified details of color, style, and fabric. The Veterans Administration Hospital and the Medical School had officially sanctioned the wearing of pantsuits for their female employees long before CMMC approved the new dress code for women.

January 22, 1985

K-Wing Completed

Exactly four years after the Groundbreaking Ceremony on January 22, 1981, the new 11-story K-Wing of the LSU Hospital was ready for occupancy. The Hospital now had an additional 200,000 square feet that housed 16 operating rooms, a more sophisticated neonatal intensive care unit, expanded labor and delivery suites, and five patient care floors, which would allow 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.

January 1, 2009

Chancellor John C. McDonald Retires

On December 13, 2007, Dr. McDonald, the first Chancellor of LSUHSC-S, forwarded an e-mail message to the faculty and staff, announcing his decision to retire no later than January 1, 2009. In his understated way, he said, “I have been privileged to serve the LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport for some 31 years, but I feel that it is time to retire.” True to his word, Dr. McDonald's retirement was effective January 1, 2009. A website celebrating his life and work can be accessed at