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TIRR Memorial Hermann Milestones

2014

TIRR now at 134 beds with the opening of patient care unit 2C.

2013

The TIRR Memorial Hermann Research Center opens adjacent to the hospital, uniting the hospital’s research programs under one roof and creating an integrated Campus where the critical components of clinical care and research come together for the benefit of patients. Expansion of OP services continues in Northwest and Memorial City locations. 

2012

TIRR Memorial Hermann begins the creation of a comprehensive, integrated rehabilitation network extending beyond the Texas Medical Center to outlying communities in the Greater Houston area. Neurological Sleep Medicine Center opened.

2011

Rehab Medical Home and Pediatric OP Center opened.

2010

TIRR recognized as most outstanding MHHS inpatient facility (President's Cup Award). TIRR now at 119 beds with addition of 3 new private rooms on PCU 6.

2009

Motor Recovery Research Center opened 

2006

TIRR joins the Memorial Hermann Health System and becomes TIRR Memorial Hermann, one of 12 hospitals in the not-for-profit system known for clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading-edge technology and innovation.

2001

TIRR Adult and Pediatric Outpatient Rehabilitation at Kirby Glen opens in southwest Houston.

1996

 The departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine and McGovern Medical School form the Baylor/UTHealth PM&R Alliance.

1993

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth establishes a department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. TIRR affiliates with the medical school that same year, while continuing its affiliation with Baylor College of Medicine.

1992

The Southwest Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC), one of 10 federally designed regional technical assistance centers on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), is established at TIRR.

1990

U.S. News & World Report announces its first America’s Best Hospitals list. TIRR is named in this nationwide survey of physicians and has been included every year since. The innovative Challenge Program, begun at TIRR as part of the Brain Injury Program, opens its facility in southwest Houston, in keeping with TIRR’s philosophy of community-based service programming. Dunn Tower is constructed.

1987

NIDRR names the hospital’s Brain Injury Program a Model System and designates TBI Model System.

1985

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) designates TIRR as a national Research and Training Center on Independent Living.

1984

TIRR opens its inpatient Brain Injury Program. 

1978

The hospital changes its name to The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research to emphasize its national and international service.

1977

The Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) program is established as a national resource center providing research, training and technical assistance.

1976

TIRR’s Spinal Cord Injury Program is named a Model Spinal Injury Treatment System. The Cooperative Living Program and the Maximum Independence Center, the nation’s first residential independent living programs for people with severe physical disabilities, are started at an annex near downtown Houston.

1972

TIRR’s Spinal Cord Injury Program is named a Model Spinal Injury Treatment System. The Cooperative Living Program and the Maximum Independence Center, the nation’s first residential independent living programs for people with severe physical disabilities, are started at an annex near downtown Houston. Nation's first post - polio program. 

1970

An annex to TIRR, acquired through donated funds, increases the hospital’s inpatient bed capacity and makes possible a unique residential program.

1964

TIRR founder and director William A. Spencer, M.D., is named Physician of the Year by President Lyndon Johnson’s Commission on Employment of the Handicapped.

1963

TIRR becomes an important early research partner with NASA.

1962

TIRR establishes its Spinal Cord Injury Program and is designated a national Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) for Rehabilitation Medicine by the Vocational Rehabilitation Administration of the U. S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Research conducted through its affiliation with Baylor College of Medicine makes the hospital an international leader in improving patient care.

1960

Harrington rods developed. Nation's 1st Cystic Fibrosis Center

1959

TIRR, the Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, opens its doors in the Texas Medical Center. As polio becomes less of a universal threat, the hospital focuses on the rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord deterioration caused by disease or trauma, pioneering the interdisciplinary team approach to rehabilitation.

1951

The Southwestern Poliomyelitis Respiratory Center opens in an annex to Harris County’s Jefferson Davis Hospital, the teaching hospital for Baylor College of Medicine, in response to the polio epidemic sweeping the nation.