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Group Health Cooperative is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and we’re making the celebration truly special – not for us, but for individuals who embody the “cooperative community spirit.”

LOOK BACK: Scroll through the timeline below to learn about the innovations, challenges and triumphs that have written our unique history since 1976 – and about the unwavering commitment to our communities and neighbors that have made the whole journey worthwhile.

GIVE BACK:  In honor of our 40th anniversary, help us celebrate and share stories of the ordinary people who do extraordinary things to make our community great. MEET OUR CHAMPIONS!

LOOK BACK

GHC’S 40-YEAR LEGACY

1970

“During the decade of the 1970's, GHC set sail on uncharted waters.”
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1976

Ellen Dudley designs the first set of GHC logos. More Info

1976

GHC is the first not-for-profit, member-sponsored HMO Cooperative operational in Dane County.
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March 1, 1976

GHC sees its first patient at the Park Regent Clinic.
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1976

Where were you when GHC opened its first clinic?
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1977

GHC receives federal qualification as an HMO from the U.S. Public Health Service. More Info

1978

GHC Nurse Debbie Engen with young patients. (circa 1970s) More Info

February, 1980

GHC opens the Pines Center Clinic in Middleton. More Info

1980

“During the 1980's, GHC moved steadily forward.”
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1983

“Good Health is a Cooperative Effort.” More Info

May 29, 1984

GHC opens the East Grove Clinic to meet the needs of the rapidly growing membership. More Info

1984

GHC holds a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new East Grove Clinic. More Info

1984

A GHC doctor demonstrates the newest technology during the open house for the new East Grove Clinic. More Info

1985

“Your health care couldn’t be in better hands.”
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1986

GHC starts the Prime Timers program for seniors. More Info

1986

A skyline view of the Park Regent Clinic and downtown Madison, circa 1986. More Info

1987

GHC nurses hold their annual National Nurses Day celebration. More Info

1988

"The GHC Family – Caring for the People You Care About." More Info

January 1, 1989

GHC enters an agreement with UW Hospital and Clinics to expand services.
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1990

GHC and the American Cancer Society start a low-cost Breast Cancer Screening Program.
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1990

“In the 1990's, GHC sees the tangible results of a somewhat radical idea.”
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1992

“Wherever You Are in This Area, You’re on the Road to Recovery.” More Info

1993

“Join Group Health Cooperative HMO.” More Info

1993

The foundation is first laid for the Sauk Trails Clinic. More Info

1994

GHC closes the Pines Clinic and moves patients to the new Sauk Trails Clinic. More Info

1995

GHC opens a new Capitol Health Center located in the heart of downtown Madison. More Info

1996

GHC develops its first-ever website.
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1997

"Some People Didn't Believe Man Would Walk on The Moon Either." More Info

1997

"This may hurt, but it is a lot better than being sick." More Info

1997

GHC is named the #1 HMO in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
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1997

GHC and the local American Red Cross team up to start the Basic Aid Training (BAT) Program.
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1999

The new East Clinic first opens its doors to GHC members. More Info

2001

GHC Executive Director, Larry Zanoni, teams up with a group of Madison leaders to start the Adopt-a-School Program.
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February 27, 2001

GHC contracts with Epic Systems, Inc. to be the first in the area to implement an Electronic Record Medical (EMR) System. More Info

2001

GHCMyChart becomes available to all GHC clinic members. More Info

2005

GHC is the first and only health plan in the area to offer complementary medicine benefits.
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June 20, 2005

GHC opens its largest clinic, Hatchery Hill Clinic in Fitchburg. More Info

2010

GHC starts offering free classes including Yoga, Tai Chi, PiYo and more at the Monona Terrace
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2010

The Affordable Care Act is signed into law. Fortunately, GHC is already doing many of the things required by the bill.
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2013

GHC creates the Better Together Project to help educate the community about health care reform.
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2015

GHC is one of the highest-rated health insurance plans in the nation according to NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Ratings.
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2016

GHC’s Glenda Miller reflects on the start of the Breast Cancer Screening Program and the impact it's innovations have on members.
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2016

Dr. Mark Huth is officially named GHC's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) after serving GHC for over nine years.
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2016

GHC turns 40!
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