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UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital Milestone Timeline and Medical Firsts

A Look Back Over 126 Years 

 2017UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital Awarded "A" for Patient Safety from Leapfrog Group
2017 UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital's Wound and Hyperbaric Center Receives National Center of Excellence for Clinic Achievements for the 6th Year in a Row
2017 UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital Launches New Cardiac and Pulmonary Phase III Program, an extended outpatient program.
2016 UnityPoint Health Hospitals Receive National Recognition for Excellence in Patient Financial Communications
2016 UnityPoint Health Finley Hopsital Earns "A" Grade for Patient Safety from Leapfrog Group
2016 UnityPoint Health Named Most Wired for 5th Year in a Row 
2016  Finley Hospital opens two new primary care clinics and two new urgent care clinics: UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine - Pennsylvania Avenue, UnityPoint Clinic Women's Health, UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - West, and UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - East.
2016 Finley Hospital completes Phase 1 of the Grandview Expansion, a 70,000 square-foot, 3-story addition housing state-of-the-art emergency medicine, surgery and cardiology facilities.
2016  Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield selects Finley Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. 
2016 Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield selects Finley Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care. 
2015Finley Hospital's Sleep Center becomes accredited by American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
2015 Finley Hospital opens UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine and Walk-In Care -  Peosta.
2015 Finley Hospital receives Innovator of the Year award from Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce.
2015 For the third year in a row, Finley's Wound and Hyperbaric Center is recognized as a Center of Excellence in Wound Healing.
2015 Finley Hospital's Wound and Hyperbaric Center earns The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Wound Care Management Certification.
2015 Ed and Shirley Babka make a $1 million gift to support the Grandview Expansion Project, the largest expansion project in Finley Hospital's 125th history. 
2015 Finley Hospital celebrates 125th Anniversary.
2015 Finley Hospital receives a four-star rating on The Centers for Medicare and medicaid Services Hospital Star Rating report.
2014  Finley Hospital Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation unit also becomes a brain injury accredited program.
2014 UnityPoint Health was recognized for the third year in a row as one of the nation's "Most Wired Health systems" by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
2014 Finley Homecare receives national ranking in the top 15 percentile for excellence in performance from HealthInsight
2014 Finley Hospital in the 15 Highest Scoring Hospitals for Patient Safety.
2013 UnityPoint Health Finley Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center has received the distinguished Center of Distinction Award and is the first-time recipient of the Center of Excellence Award.
2013 Iowa Health System changes name to UnityPoint Health
2012Finley installs a da Vinci robotic surgery system.
2012 Finley Hospital receives Patient Safety Excellence Award for the third year in a row.
2012 Again, Finley received an Outstanding Patient Experience Award.
2012 Again, HealthGrades ranked Finley Hospital in the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for general surgery.
2011 Finley Hospital acquires local clinic to create UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine and Walk-In Care - Cascade. 
2011 Finley Hospital receives Partner for Change award from Practice Greenhealth.
2011 Finley received an Outstanding Patient Experience Award.
2011 Finley achieves Platinum WELCOA Award - WELCOA's highest certification.
2011 Again, Finley receives a Patient Safety Excellence Award.
2011 HealthGrades ranked Finley Hospital in the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for general surgery.
2011 Becker's Hospital Review recognized Finley Hospital in their 65 Great Community Hospitals.
2011 Finley recognized as the Employer of the Year for the 2010-2011 Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce recognition year.
2011 Finley Hospital is the first of ten participating organizations to meet all 5 certification requirements to become Petal Certified.
2010 Finley receives a Patient Safety Excellence Award.
2010 Finley Hospital named to the '100 Top Hospitals' list by Thomson Reuters.
2010  4th and 5th Floor Med/Surgery units open in January
2006 Kehl Diabetes Center completed.
2002 Delhi Medical Center completed.
1997 Finley Hospital joins Iowa Health System.
1994 Construction of the intensive-care unit, Babka Outpatient Surgery wing, and new entrance completed.
1989 Family Birthing Suites introduced.
1987 One million dollars, believed to be the largest health care gift in Dubuque history, was used to establish the Wendt Regional Cancer Center. This 10,000 square foot addition to Finley allowed the hospital to treat up to 60 patients daily.
1982 Two innovative surgical procedures - laser surgery and operative orthoscopy - become available at Finley.
1980 A new surgery suite, ICU and cafeteria are added to Finley Hospital.
1975 As cancer advancements were made, the cobalt unit was replaced by a four-megavolt linear accelerator, offering faster treatment times a a high energy beam that spared more normal tissues and caused fewer side effects. 
1973 Ground breaking ceremonies for an expansion that provided for an enlarged Physical Therapy Department with hydrotherapy and diagnostic equipment, a laboratory complex including six different areas, 4 ICU rooms, emergency room and trauma care for 24-hour service, and improved patient areas, were held with then Iowa Governor Robert Ray as the featured speaker.
1961 Finley Hospital starts on the road to becoming the Tri-State's leader in cancer treatment by purchasing a cobalt therapy machine to emit gamma rays into cancerous growths as a cancer treatment option. 
1950 More expansion take place as a four-story addition added 20 beds, four new operating rooms, a cast room, a maternity floor and nursery, and a new lobby.
1928 During National Hospital Day, visitors saw a fracture room for precise examination of broken bones; an x-ray treatment room with walls treated with a special plaster to confine the x-rays to the room and protect others; an autopsy room to determine exact causes of death; and through the efforts of the Auxiliary, a portable electric toaster that went from floor to floor so patients could have their toast hot and fresh.
1925 Lull-Burch Memorial Nurses Home opened to the general public, allowing for remodeling to be done to Finley Hospital.
1920 Finley Hospital becomes one of only thirteen accredited hospitals in Iowa having 100 or more beds.
1918 Finley Hospital has the city's first laboratory.
1914 The "Pavilion Addition" expansion to Finley Hospital brought the first hospital building in Dubuque that was completely fireproof.
1911 Finley Hospital Auxiliary founded.
1898 The first elevators for patient transfer in Dubuque were part of the Finley Hospital design. Other innovative ideas included limiting the use of wood to prevent infection, steam clothing, and placing the kitchen on the third floor so cooking odors would not be spread through the patient rooms.
1896 The Finley Hospital School of Nursing was founded. Before, the nearest nursing program was in Chicago.
1896 The first ambulance in the city of Dubuque was given as a gift to Finley Hospital from Henry L. Stout.
1890 The Sunshine Circle organized to raise money to furnish and maintain the pediatric ward in Finely Hospital. The group continues to be a dedicated group of volunteers.
1890 Articles of Incorporation for the Finley Hospital Company adopted (February 21).