The Christ Hospital's Heritage & Reputation

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​125 Years as Cincinnati’s Healthcare Leader 

More than 125 years ago, The Christ Hospital was founded with a vision to reduce sickness and poverty in our community. In 1888, a group of local citizens led by James Gamble—whose soap business eventually became the Procter & Gamble company—invited Isabella Thoburn, a teacher, nurse, and missionary, to come to Cincinnati. They asked her to start a program to train deaconesses and missionaries to carry on religious, educational, and philanthropic work to alleviate the appalling poverty that existed in the city. They could not have imagined the impact that their invitation would have on the city, then and now, more than a century later. 


Thoburn accepted the invitation, and after her arrival, soon expanded beyond ministering; in 1889 she opened a 10-bed hospital named Christ’s Hospital in the West End at 46 York Street. It was moved to Mount Auburn in 1893, a nursing school was opened in 1902, and the hospital was renamed The Christ Hospital in 1904.  


If our 125-year-old walls could talk, they’d tell you quite a story. They would tell you about medical breakthroughs, like the nations’ first ceramic hip replacement – and groundbreaking heart treatments available nowhere else in the country. They’d tell story after story of the 12+ decades of physicians, nurses and caregivers, sacrificing time with their own families to care for ours – and how inspiring it is to see some of the most brilliant minds in all of medicine training tomorrow’s physicians and developing new treatments that will change medicine – and outcomes – for years to come. 


Gamble and Thoburn’s vision of making the best care convenient and accessible for the entire community made The Christ Hospital a leading source of help and healing for Cincinnati. It fuels the passion behind our commitment to research and innovation and keeps The Christ Hospital Health Network at the forefront of medical advances across the Tristate, the nation and the globe. 


Today, the Christ Hospital is the most preferred hospital in Greater Cincinnati and we are Greater Cincinnati’s leading healthcare network. Our long-standing commitment to clinical excellence, patient experience and affordable care continually earns us recognition as one of America’s best hospitals year after year, which now extends across more than 100 outpatient locations.  ​

Recognized as the Best​

Our commitment to exceptional outcomes, affordable care and the finest experiences is recognized yearly with numerous awards from leading healthcare organizations and publications. At the top of our list of honors are the 18 consecutive years that we’ve been named to U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Hospitals and being named the Most Preferred Hospital by the Greater Cincinnati community for 21 consecutive years (National Research Corporation). Check out more awards and recognition for The Christ Hospital Health Network.