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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.

May 5, 1954

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals Approval

Throughout the years, the Shreveport Charity Hospital (which was the Confederate Memorial Medical Center in 1954) was accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). In 1951, the American College of Physicians, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the Canadian Medical Association joined with the ACS to create the Joint Commission of Hospitals (JCAH), whose purpose was to provide voluntary accreditation. On March 23, 1954 a JCAH representative evaluated the Confederate Memorial Medical Center. As a result of this visit the hospital received full accreditation on May 5, 1954. The hospital remains accredited by the Joint Commission today.

May 25, 1965

Medical School Bill Introduced

House Bill 47, which proposed establishment of a medical school in Shreveport, was introduced by Caddo Parish Representative J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. On May 25, 1965, the bill came up for a hearing before the House Appropriations Committee. After a joint meeting of the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and the Shreveport Medical Society, Dr. Edgar Hull and 150 Shreveport area doctors, businessmen, educators and civic leaders flew to Baton Rouge to attend the hearings and meet with the Governor. Convinced of Shreveport’s suitability as a location for the new medical school, the Committee voted six to five in favor of the bill. The House approved Bill 47 by a vote of 57 to 43 on May 31 with the Senate following suit on June 2nd with a 28 to 9 favorable vote.

May 26, 1973

First Class Graduates

Dean Edgar Hull administered the Oath of Hippocrates to the 31 students who received their medical degrees on May 26, 1973. This was the first class of students admitted to the Medical School in Shreveport in September 1969. Governor Edwin W. Edwards delivered the commencement address entitled “Yours Is a Heritage of Trust.” Dr. Martin Woodin, President of the LSU System, conferred the degrees and Dr. William H. Stewart, Chancellor of the LSU Medical Center delivered the address of welcome. Class President, George K. Harrison spoke on behalf of his fellow students. One member of this inaugural class was missing from the ceremony. Sherman Matthews died on October 25, 1972 of injuries received in a two-car accident.