1958: The year Elvis joined the Army, the hula hoop became the rage, Chuck Berry sang "Johnny B. Goode" and Washington Hospital Center opened its doors, heralding a "great day" in the city's history, according to The Washington Post .
Now, nearly 50 years later, current and retired employees, physicians, board members, donors and patients share their memories from the past five decades. Clinical milestones…special patients…challenges overcome…the humorous and poignant moments that tell the story of the first half-century of the largest and busiest hospital in the nation's capital.
Click on any of the categories below to read the memories we've collected to date.
And, please, we want to hear from you, too. Share your own recollections by sending us an e-mail. Someone will call you to gather the details and write the story for your review.