MCO: A History of Healing and Teaching -

MCO: A History of Healing and Teaching -

This hour-long film describes, through interviews, archival and contemporary images and footage, how a shortage of physicians and nurses in northwest Ohio in the 1950s and early 1960s inspired plans for a new medical school.

The greatest advocate for the school was Paul Block Jr., co-publisher of The Blade and an organic chemist. Through his efforts, and others, in 1964 the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo became the nation's 100th medical school, now the University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC).

"MCO: A History of Healing and Teaching" explores how the college was born of innovation, with a campus that followed a modern architectural plan developed by the renowned architectural firm, Yamasaki and Associates. In 1979, a new teaching hospital opened and continues to serve the region today. MCO’s story is one of leadership in residency programs, nursing education, allied health programs and clinical research.

On-camera interviews share unique memories of the College's history, including the day in 1979 when patients, equipment and personnel moved from the school's original location at the old Maumee Valley Hospital to the new campus on Arlington Avenue.
Of that moving day, Dr. Elizabeth Ruppert says "The memory is frozen in my mind of standing in the lobby of the new hospital…we had done it. It was one of those rare moments when all was right with world." Dr. Ruppert's late husband, Dr. Richard Ruppert, was the school's third president.

Individuals featured in the program include:
Dr. Ruth Alteneder, Professor Emerita of Nursing, University of Toledo
Allan Block, Chairman of Block Communications Inc. and the son of Paul Block Jr.
John Robinson Block, Editor-In-Chief of The Blade, Publisher of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the son of Paul Block Jr.
Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, Professor Emeritus of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery, UTMC, and a member of the University of Toledo's Board of Trustees
Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, President, University of Toledo
Dr. Maurice Manning, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Cancer Biology, UTMC
Dr. James Patrick, Professor Emeritus of Pathology UTMC and Lucas County Coroner
Dr. Elizabeth Ruppert, Professor Emerita of Pediatrics, UTMC
Dr. Mary Smith, Professor, Department of Pathology, UTMC
Dr. Donna Woodson, Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UTMC