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John C. Lincoln Hospital and the surrounding area as it appeared in 1965.
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Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new, multi-story John C. Lincoln Hospital attract a large audience and local luminaries. From left to right: Arizona Governor Paul Fannin, John C. Lincoln II, chairman of the board Ray Cowden, Helen C. Lincoln, architect Ed Varney and contractor Robert McKee.
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Desert Mission volunteer dentists visit Sunnyslope elementary schools, bringing toothbrushes and dental care to area children.
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At the ribbon cutting ceremony for John C. Lincoln Hospital's helipad, the first in Phoenix. From left to right: Chet Hansen, Helen C. Lincoln, Ray Leitner, Phoenix Mayor Milton Graham and Pat Campbell, RN.

1969 - Richard Nixon is inaugurated as President of the United States.

1969 - American astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first human to walk on the moon.

1968 - The Central Arizona Project is approved by President Lyndon B. Johnson, assuring future water supplies for Phoenix, Tucson and the agricultural corridor in between.

1968 - Coronary artery bypass surgical technique is developed.

1968 - The John C. Lincoln Hospital Auxiliary sponsors the first Night of Gold Ball, an annual fundraising event that continues today.

1967 - John C. Lincoln Hospital becomes the first hospital in Phoenix to build and operate a heliport approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for emergency helicopters. Adminstrator Ray Leitner predicts that helicopters would become a necessary part of emergency medical service in the sprawling Phoenix area.

1967 - Sir Godfrey Hounsfield develops the CATscan.

1966 - Herbert Hancox announces his retirement as administrator of the hospital. He plans on continuing his work as administrator of Desert Mission, but two days after his retirement, he dies from a heart attack. Raymond Leitner is named administrator of John C. Lincoln Hospital, the second administrator in the hospital's history.

1966 - A new emergency building opens at John C. Lincoln Hospital at a cost of $300,000 to meet the growing demand for medical services. Inside the new building are two dental rooms, enabling volunteer dentists to continue to provide free dental care to low-income families.

1965 - On Jan. 7, 1965, dedication ceremonies are conducted for the $3 million John C. Lincoln Hospital. The new facility includes a large laboratory, X-ray rooms, pharmacy, gift shop, dining room and kitchen, business and administrative offices, a chapel, six operating rooms, a recovery room, an intensive care unit, and 37 semi-private rooms, five labor rooms, two delivery rooms, a nursery and a waiting room for fathers. Innovations include nursing stations and a pneumatic tube system for fast delivery of drugs and other small items.

1964 - The United States begins its military presence in Vietnam.

1964 - U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona becomes the Republican nominee for president.

1964 - The Civil Rights Act is signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King gives his landmark "I Have a Dream" speech.

1963 - Finally, John C. Lincoln's vision of a modern hospital facility is realized. After years of dynamic fundraising — in particular by Ray Cowden — sufficient funds were secured. On May 14, 1963, groundbreaking ceremonies are held for the new multi-storied John C. Lincoln Hospital.

1963 - John F. Kennedy is assassinated. Lyndon B. Johnson is inaugurated as President of the United States.

1962 - Cuban Missile Crisis.

1961 - John F. Kennedy is inaugurated as President of the United States.

1960s - Phoenix continues exponential growth begun in the 1950s. By 1965, 500,000 people live in the city. Demands for increased quality medical care grow as steadily as the population.

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