The Christ Hospital - 125th Anniversary

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The Christ Hospital - Founded ​in Compassion. Driven by Excellence.

In 1888, one hundred years after the City of Cincinnati was founded, and 20 years after the Cincinnati Red Stockings took the field for the first time, a group of local citizens led by James Gamble took on the task of tending to the city's poor.

At the time, unemployment, poverty and hunger were widespread. Gamble, whose prospering soap business flourished in the area, invited missionary educator Isabella Thoburn to come to Cincinnati to train deaconesses and missionaries for religious, educational and philanthropic work. Thoburn was to oversee the Elizabeth Gamble Deaconess Home Association, an organization named in honor of Gamble's mother, who, like Thoburn, had dedicated her life to charitable work. Thoburn accepted the invitation, and arrived in Cincinnati in 1889.

Soon after her arrival, Thoburn encountered a severely ill woman crying on the street. The city hospital would not admit her because she lived across the river in Kentucky, so Thoburn took the woman home and cared for her in her own room. She shared this story with community leaders, who endorsed her action and acknowledged the need for a hospital that provided care to people no matter where they lived. A few months later, Thoburn met with James Gamble and local reverend, Louis Nippert, to begin planning for this new hospital.

September 23, 1889, a 10-bed hospital named Christ's Hospital was opened in Cincinnati's West End in a house donated by Gamble. The tiny hospital quickly became taxed to its limits with the infirm. In 1893, it was moved to a larger building in Mt. Auburn and was renamed The Christ Hospital in 1904.

Much has changed since those early days when the first patients were welcomed through our doors. But our physicians, staff and volunteers would tell you what continues to matter the most after all these years is providing exceptional care.

Historic firsts
125th Anniversary videos: history and future

Transforming Care

As our clinical and leadership teams look ahead to the organization's next 125 years, they aim to continually redefine what it means to be the best. We will challenge the boundaries of what a hospital, a health network, and doctors can do. We will continue to bring care closer to our patients, in physician practices and outpatient centers all across the region. We will make care easier to navigate, more patient-centric and more affordable. We will continue to make healthcare what our patients want and need it to be. Thank you for being part of this journey with us.