A Seventh-day Adventist Organization

Timeline

1905

  • February 4 - Ellen G. White's letter says: "A place must be provided to which the sick could be taken, where they could be taught how to live so as to preserve health."
  • April 28- General Conference telegram to John Burden instructs him not to make deposit on Loma Linda.
  • May 14 - Mrs. White writes in a letter, "Dear Brother Burden: Secure the property by all means."
  • May 29 - John Burden pays $1,000 down to buy Loma Linda.
  • June 12 - Mrs. White visits Loma Linda for first time.
  • July 26 - $5,000 from unexpected sources arrives on deadline of second payment for Loma Linda.
  • August 22 - Mrs. White writes: "This is the most delightful situation for a sanitarium I have ever seen."
  • August 24 - Loma Linda Sanitarium incorporates with John Burden as president.
  • October 12 - Sanitarium admitted first patients. Horse and buggies picked up patients from the train station.
  • November 1 - Loma Linda Sanitarium officially opens.
  • November - Loma Linda Sanitarium accepts first nursing students.

1906

  • March 29 - Nurses hold dedication service.
  • April 15 - Mrs. White dedicates Loma Linda Sanitarium.
  • September 20 - College of Evangelists declared open.
  • October 4 - College of Evangelists begins instruction with 35 students.

1907

  • July 10 - First commencement consisted of these seven nurses.

1909

1910

  • January 27 - Mrs. White writes "The medical school at Loma Linda is to be of highest order."
  • June 15 - Loma Linda Sanitarium officially consolidates with the College of Medical Evangelists (CME) Corporation.

1911

1912

  • April 4 - Mrs. White endorses the building of the new hospital and the plan for student physicians to receive some of their clinical education in Los Angeles.
  • October 28 - CME opens temporary hospital facilities with eight rooms, accommodating up to 10 patients.

1913

  • March 26 - CME Board decides to offer part of medical training in Los Angeles.
  • September 29 - CME launches its Los Angeles dispensary.
  • October 31 - The new Loma Linda Hospital, located in the middle of what is now the basic sciences quadrangle, nears completion.
  • November 24 - Board members name the new facility Loma Linda Hospital.
  • December 1 - Loma Linda Hospital opens and patients are moved into the new facility.

1914

  • June - First physicians graduate from CME.
  • Fall - The Council on Medical Education secretary visits CME to make a preliminary assessment of its standing with the American Medical Association.

1915

  • July 16 - Ellen G. White dies at age 87. Funeral at Battle Creek, Michigan on July 24.

1916

  • June 7 - Board authorizes purchase of Ellen G. White Memorial Hospital site.

1918

  • February 3 - B rating given CME by Council on Medical Education.

1922

  • September 10 - Dietitians Training School begins operation.
  • November 14 - AMA Council on Medical Education votes A rating for CME.

1924

1928

  • April 22 - Groundbreaking is held for the main section of the new building, now known as Nichol Hall.
  • May 17 - Board changes the name of the Dietitians Training School to the School of Dietetics.

1929

  • March 20 - Second hospital is opened for patients.
  • April 7 - New hospital on hill dedicated after second unit completed.

1937

  • April 7 - CME is accredited by Northwest Association of Secondary & Higher Schools.
  • April 12 - Board approves the School of Laboratory (Medical Technology) Technique.
  • April 17 - CME is accredited by Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools.
  • August 28 - Medical technology program approved by AMA.

1938

  • May 17 - Proposal is made to Adventist Church and CME leaders concerning a School of Dentistry.

1941

  • February 3 - School of Physical Therapy is established.
  • October 2 - Ground is broken for men's residence hall.

1942

  • June 6 - Physical therapy program receives initial approval by American Medical Association.
  • September - Men's residence is completed, named Arthur G. Daniells Hall.

1943

  • April 8 - Army Specialized Training Program approved.
  • June 30 - 47th General Hospital unit activated at Hammond General Hospital in Modesto, California.
  • July 1 - Accelerated program of medical education begins.
  • August 15 - National Association of Seventh-day Adventist Dentists (NASDAD) is organized.
  • September 15 - Army Specialized Training Program is organized in Loma Linda.

1944

  • April - 47th General Hospital unit shipped to New Guinea.
  • September 28 - Oran I. Cutler Auditorium named.

1945

  • November 19 - Radiological technology program receives American Medical Association approval.

1947

  • February 28 - Department of religion is authorized.

1948

  • April 1 - School of Tropical and Preventive Medicine opens.
  • April 19 - Loma Linda and White Memorial nursing courses are combined.
  • August 30 - Baccalaureate degree program in nursing begins.

1949

  • August 11 - New surgical wing opens.

1950

  • June 11 - Last graduation ceremonies are held in Loma Linda Bowl.

1951

  • October 21 - General Conference officers vote to establish CME School of Dentistry.
  • November 29 - AMA completes first inspection of CME since 1936.
  • December 10 - Nursing is accredited by National Nursing Accrediting Service.

1952

  • February 26 - School of Dietetics becomes School of Nutrition.
  • August 31 - Hydrotherapy at Sanitarium renamed "Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation."
  • October 29 - Board approves private practice plan for physicians.

1953

  • April 12 - Board recommends CME consolidation; favors Loma Linda campus.
  • June 14 - New library/administration building complex is occupied.
  • August 30 - First classes begin at the School of Dentistry.
  • September 13 - Loma Linda Library dedicated.

1954

  • January 28 - Graduate School is officially organized.
  • March 9 - School of Nursing obtains approval for adoption of quarter unit credit system.
  • August 25 - First CME graduate nursing students are enrolled.

1955

  • April 26 - Founders Day celebrates CME's 50th anniversary.
  • September 1 - Faculty and students move into the new dental building.
  • September 18 - School of Dentistry building is dedicated.
  • November 4 - New anatomy building holds first class.

1956

  • December 27 - "To make man whole," first chosen as the theme for the 1955, year-long 50th anniversary, adopted as institution's motto.

1957

  • May 23 - Dental program is approved by ADA's Council on Dental Education.
  • June 9 - First dental graduation is held.

1958

  • October 31 - School of Dentistry plans dental hygiene course.

1959

  • January 28 - Board approves a two-year occupational therapy curriculum leading to a BS degree.
  • May 26 - Ground is broken for new women's dormitory.
  • November 27 - Board approves occupational therapy curriculum.

1960

  • February 24 - CME receives WASC accreditation.
  • June 10 - Occupation therapy program is given initial approval by AMA.
  • June 13 - CME's master's program in nursing receives accreditation.
  • July 22 - CME team removes bullet from man's heart - first time heart-lung machine used for this purpose.
  • September 25 - Second Kate Lindsay Hall opens.

1961

  • July 1 - CME becomes Loma Linda University.
  • September 7 - Dental hygiene program approved by ADA.

1962

  • March 30 - OT program approved by AMA's Council on Medical Education.
  • April 26 - Medical records administration curriculum authorized.
  • April 26 - The School of Dietetics becomes the School of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • September 26 - LLU board votes to unify campus at Loma Linda.
  • December 4 - Ground broken for Graduate School building.

1963

  • April 29 - First open heart surgery team leaves for Pakistan.
  • June 27 - Trustees ratify School of Medicine affiliation with Riverside County General Hospital.
  • August 9 - Vice president Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Overseas Heart Surgery Team.
  • September 3 - University SCOPE begins publication.
  • December 1 - Medical record administration program begins.

1964

  • June 7 - Ground is broken for LLUMC.
  • August 25 - Clinical pastoral education program is authorized.
  • September 1 - School of Public Health is organized.
  • November 16 - Ground is broken for biochemistry building on LL campus.

1965

  • February 22 - First annual President's convocation is held.
  • May 25 - Trustees vote to expand LLUMC to 11 stories from 9.
  • June 6 - First woman graduates from School of Dentistry.
  • August 6 - HEW awards $129,217 to dentistry to set up and operate oral health service at Monument Valley.

1966

  • January 25 - Completion of the east tower marks structural completion of new hospital.
  • July 1 - School of Health Related Professions is organized.
  • September 27 - Ground is broken for Dale Gentry Gymnasium.
  • October 1 - Monument Valley Dental Clinic begins operation.
  • October 30 - First meeting of Public Health Association of Seventh-day Adventists is held.

1967

  • February 8 - The Division of Public Health becomes the 15th School of Public Health in the nation, and the 6th professional school on the Loma Linda campus.
  • April 17 - First kidney transplant performed at Loma Linda University Hospital.
  • April 23 - Constituency approves LLU/La Sierra College merger.
  • June 23 - School of Public Health receives full accreditation.
  • July 1 - The School of Public Health begins instruction.
  • July 1 - LSC becomes College of Arts and Sciences of LLU.
  • July 9 - LLUH is first occupied.
  • July 10 - The first baby is born in the new University Hospital.
  • October 17 - Original Loma Linda Sanitarium is razed.
  • November 1 - First open-heart surgery is performed by LLU team in Greece.

1968

  • March 7 - The Dale Gentry Auditorium and Gymnasium opens.
  • February 8 - School of Nutrition and Dietetics becomes the department of nutrition and dietetics.
  • March 31 - LLUH is dedicated.
  • August 5 - School of Dentistry announces new two-year dental assisting program.

1969

  • January 26 - Nichol Hall opens.
  • January 28 - Second hospital is renamed Francis D. Nichol Hall.
  • February 16 - Dedication of LLUH meditation chapel is held.
  • October 26 - Helipad opened at LLUH.

1970

  • January 27 - LLU offers a black history course for credit for the first time.
  • February 15 - LLU mobile dental van begins service among 400 Indians living on Morongo Indian Reservation.
  • February 25 - First "School With a Heart" (now called "Clinic With a Heart") is held, providing a day of free dental care for the community.
  • July 26 - School of Dentistry team leaves for Central America.
  • August 20 - Loma Linda University Hospital is renamed Loma Linda University Medical Center.
  • September 14 - School of Public Health is renamed School of Health.

1971

  • January 15 - Mobile dental clinic program is inaugurated.
  • July 1 - School of Health Related Professions becomes School of Allied Health Professions.
  • August 20 - President Nixon arrives in Loma Linda to announce VA hospital.

1972

  • February 23 - LLU donates 15 acres for the new VA hospital.
  • May 22 - LLUMC Air Medical Service is inaugurated.
  • June 5 - First helicopter to be operated by a California hospital goes into service at LLU.

1973

  • February 22 - School of Nursing is relocated from LLUMC to West Hall.
  • June 7 - School of Nursing administration hosts open house.
  • July 6 - First LLUMC patient receives pacemaker.
  • November 11 - Councillors Field is dedicated.

1974

  • April 17 - First open heart surgery in Vietnam is done by LLU team.
  • April 24 - First Fine Arts Festival begins at LLU.
  • June 16 - VA Hospital groundbreaking held.
  • August 1 - First Seventh-day Adventist Health Study questionnaire is sent to 50,000 Adventists.
  • October 9 - Adventist church begins Annual Council session on LL campus.

1975

  • May 2 - Vietnamese refugees arrive.
  • October 6 - Outpatient Hand Rehabilitation Center opens.

1976

  • January 20 - First open-heart surgery in Saudi Arabia is done by LLU team.
  • January 21 - Loma Linda Ellen G. White Estate/SDA Research Center is dedicated.
  • March 11 - LLU announces accreditation of Hearing, Language & Speech Center.
  • June 18 - First allied health missionaries leave LLU for Africa.

1977

  • September 25 - Grand opening is held for Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Hospital.

1979

  • May 10 - LLU announces undergraduate degree program in geology.
  • August 27 - Ground is broken for Del E. Webb Memorial Library & Randall Visitor Center.
  • September 4 - Faculty Medical Offices building opens.
  • December 2 - First group of LLU medical personnel flies to Thailand to help Cambodian refugees.

1980

  • January 3 - First recipient of Open Hearts for Children Fund undergoes surgery at LLUMC.
  • June 2 - LLUMC named regional trauma center for Inyo, Mono, Riverside & San Bernardino counties.

1981

  • March 9 - Ground is broken for Alumni Hall for Basic Sciences.
  • May 3 - The first Good Samaritan sculpture is unveiled.
  • May 30 - Six people die in a LLU helicopter crash.
  • August 24 - Opening ceremonies are held for Del E. Webb Memorial Library and Visitors Center.

1982

  • March - Medical graduates celebrate 50th Annual Alumni Postgraduate Convention.
  • May 11 - Loma Linda Community Hospital purchased by LLUMC.
  • May 15 - LLUMC Hospice begins.
  • June 3 - Adventist Health System/Loma Linda certified by Secretary of State.

1984

  • March 13 - Alumni Hall for Basic Sciences opens.
  • April 23 - Ground is broken for Schuman Pavilion.
  • October 26 - "Baby Fae" receives the heart of a baboon.

1985

  • January 14 - Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office is dedicated.
  • February - SIMS (Students for International Mission Service) is formed.
  • August 29 - Annual Children's Day begins.
  • November 20 - "Baby Moses" receives a new human heart.

1986

  • March 28 - Ground is broken for new LLUMC wing.
  • September 16 - Irwin and Virginia Schuman Pavilion is dedicated.

1987

  • February 2 - Outpatient Surgery Center is opened.
  • August 23 - School of Religion is organized.
  • October 16 - Paul Holc receives a new heart when 3 hours old.

1988

  • February 8 - Loma Linda International Heart Institute opens.
  • April 7 - Ground is broken for Proton Treatment Center.
  • December 19 - Grand opening ceremonies are held for LLUMC south wing (phase one).

1989

  • August 26 - The first in vitro baby is born at LLU's Center for Fertility and In Vitro Fertilization.
  • September - The School of Medicine accepts nearly 50 students from the medical school closing at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • October 31 - Groundbreaking ceremony for Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital is held.

1990

  • February 12 - Board votes to reverse La Sierra College and Loma Linda University 23-year consolidation.
  • March 7 - LLU Riverside Trustees vote to rename the campus "La Sierra University."
  • May 17 - Board of Trustees merge the School of Public Health and the department of preventive medicine.
  • June 3 - Behavioral Medicine Center holds open house.
  • August 25 - Constituency votes to separate Loma Linda and Riverside campuses.
  • September 20 - Board of Trustees votes to formally recognize and designate LLU as a health sciences university.
  • October 18 - Department of pathology and laboratory medicine becomes first academic department of SM to be sufficiently endowed to sustain its teaching functions with earnings from endowment assets.
  • October 23 - First patient receives treatment at Proton Treatment Center.

1991

  • January 18 - BMC becomes operational.
  • June 26 - First-in-the-world use of rotating gantry for proton therapy.
  • September 29 - "Just For Seniors" program launched.

1992

  • March 9 - Newly remodeled and refurbished TotalCare Birth Center at LLUMC is reopened.
  • June 3 - Groundbreaking services are held for the Ronald McDonald House.
  • July 9 - LLUMC celebrates its 25th anniversary.
  • July 20 - Children's Hospital Foundation established.
  • December 8 - Drayson Center groundbreaking is held.

1993

  • January 16 - First kidney/pancreas transplant is performed at LLUMC.
  • August 20 - The first local liver transplant is performed at LLUMC.
  • November 10 - Children's Hospital holds grand opening ceremonies.

1994

  • February 15 - Groundbreaking is held for Rehabilitation Institute.
  • May 9 - Grand opening held for Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital.
  • November 4 - First artificial heart is implanted at LLUMC.
  • December 1 - Memorandum of agreement signed between MC and NASA to collaborate on proton research projects.

1995

  • January 11 - Dedication and grand opening held for Drayson Center.
  • May 15 - Center for Molecular Biology and Gene Therapy officially opens.
  • July 31 - Open house is held for LLUMC Adult Day Care Center.
  • October 14 - Unveiling ceremonies for bronze Good Samaritan are held.
  • October 16 - Grand opening ceremonies for SAC Norton are held.
  • December 1 - LLU&MC launches combined web site.

1996

  • April 13 - Transplantation Institute performed its 50th liver transplant.
  • May 30 - Roderick conjoined twins are separated.
  • June 29 - First bone-marrow transplant is performed at LLUMC.
  • July 16 - Ricketts Research Library and Learning Center is dedicated.
  • September 26 - Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are held for the Judefind House.
  • October 30 - Ceremonies are held honoring United States Congressman Jerry Lewis for his longtime support.
  • November 29 - Baby Juan Santiago receives skin transplant, a first at LLUMC.

1997

  • February 17 - Center for Spiritual Life and Wholeness is established.
  • March 1 - Wong Kerlee International Conference Center opens.
  • March 2 - Opening ceremonies are held for the LLU Coleman Pavilion.
  • March 27 - Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center entity is created.
  • March 30 - Chan Shun Pavilion Cancer Institute named.
  • September 11 - Grand opening of Ronald McDonald House is held.
  • October 20-24 - First Seventh-day Adventist International Nursing Conference is held.
  • November 16 - Center for Joint Replacement hosts grand opening.
  • December 11 - Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are held for the Assistive Technology Assessment Center.

1998

  • February 3 - Groundbreaking ceremony is held for Geoscience Research Institute.
  • February 6 - Groundbreaking ceremonies are held for the School of Dentistry expansion.
  • March 17 - Opening ceremonies are held for the A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation Activity Room.
  • May 20 - MC holds open house for children's outpatient program.
  • July 27 - LLUMC is recognized as one of "America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News and World Report.
  • August 5 - Stamp honoring organ donations is unveiled at LLUMC.

1999

  • February 4 - 100th liver transplant is performed at LLUMC.
  • May 26 - First stem-cell transplant is performed at LLUMC.
  • September 14 - "Big Hearts for Little Hearts" is formed.

2000

  • May 13 - First PTA students graduate from Oakwood College.
  • August 15 - First autologous stem cell transplant is performed at LLUMC.
  • August 29 - Chief of pediatric neurosurgery combines two technologies to remove a tumor in a 13-year-old boy.

2001

  • March 6 - BMC holds open house to celebrate 10 years of operation.
  • May 3 - LLUMC implants world's smallest pacemaker into infant.
  • November 10 - SAC Health System celebrates fifth anniversary.

2002

  • January 8 - CAL FED donates deed for East Campus expansion.
  • July 10 - LLUCH celebrates new pediatric emergency department.
  • August 28 - LLUMC demonstrates new technology for non-disruptive retrofits.
  • September 19 - LLU opens its new School of Pharmacy.
  • December 12 - Ritchie Mansion grand opening marks new housing for cancer patients.

2003

  • February 6-10 - School of Dentistry celebrates 50 years of service.
  • February 28 - LLUMC named top company to work for in Inland Empire.
  • July 17 - LLU hosts fifth annual MITHS (Minority Introduction to Health Sciences) program.
  • October 27 - LLUMC named among top 100 hospitals in cardiovascular care.
  • October 28 - LLUAHSC responds to Southern California fires.
  • November 4 - Walter's Children's Charity Classic raises $260,000 for LLUCH.
  • December 11 - LLU adds School of Science and Technology.

2004

  • January 7 - LLU completes five years of physical therapy education to Puerto Rico; administrators discuss further collaboration.
  • March 15 - LLU/LLUMC medical team travels to Afghanistan to evaluate hospital request.
  • March 30 - "Venom ER" series begins on Animal Planet Channel.
  • April 9 - School of Dentistry faculty assist with new residency program in Armenia.
  • June 28 - July 3 Trauma team aids flood victims in Haiti and Dominican Republic.