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The new $94.5 million, 616-bed Duke Hospital opens, bringing the total number of patient beds to more than 1,000.
Duke University sells Highland Hospital to Psychiatric Institutes of America.
Duke becomes one of two hospitals to conduct the first human clinical trials of AZT, the first drug to offer a substantial improvement in quality of life for AIDS patients.
Duke Life Flight becomes the first hospital based helicopter service in North Carolina.
Dr. Ralph Snyderman appointed Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine on 1 January.
Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center develops the nation's first outpatient bone-marrow transplantation program