Founders Park monuments add new tribute to TMC’s history

Tucson Medical Center is marking its 70th anniversary this year, commemorating the day its first patient was admitted, on Nov. 9, 1944.

70th Anniv Display updateWhile Tucson Medical Center was upgrading its roads and walkway over the past few years, the timing was perfect to create a new distinctive space to honor its history at the corner of Grant Road and Beverly Avenue.

TMC’s Founders Park is a shady retreat located at the intersection that has been the historic main entrance for decades.  The spot is next to the Arizona Building and across from the Patio Building, two historic structures dating back to the 1920s – and Founders Park is just south of the new Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower, which opened last year with new operating rooms and patient care services.

Founders Park houses permanent displays highlighting people and events important to the history of the Desert Sanatorium and its successor institution, Tucson Medical Center.  The five large columns that define the space carry three plaques: one describing the Desert Sanatorium, one covering Tucson Medical Center, and the third honoring the benefactors who were most instrumental in the growth of both institutions, Alfred and Anna Erickson.Founders Park monuments update

More recently, another touch has been added.  Five pedestals line the walkway through Founders Park, and each now carries a list of milestones from across the decades. The timeline stretches from the start of construction at the Desert Sanatorium through the latest developments on the campus of TMC.

2014 Display updateInside the hospital’s West Entrance, a new display case has been created to illustrate a condensed version of the timeline, alongside several items from TMC’s long history. The new feature enhances previously created display windows with other historical highlights.

As TMC celebrates its 70th anniversary, visitors can linger at the sheltered space along the hospital entry road and at the new exhibit along a busy hospital corridor to learn more about how this place of healing came to be.


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