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The campaign for The Jewish Hospital — Mercy Health

Celebrating a shared legacy of care

In 1850, as a cholera epidemic swept through Cincinnati, claiming thousands of lives, the city’s Jewish population responded to this horrific outbreak with action and compassion. Sounding a call to arms to help indigent Jews affected by the disease, these community leaders created the first Jewish hospital in the United States.

Today, as one of only 14 Jewish hospitals still in existence nationally, The Jewish Hospital — Mercy Health embodies a unique legacy of caring that touches the lives of patients and their loved ones throughout the region. We are known for innovation and advanced clinical expertise in a wide range of specialties, including blood and bone marrow transplantation, cardiac care, joint replacement, brain cancer treatment and interventional radiology.

As America’s first Jewish teaching hospital, The Jewish Hospital has trained the next generation of physicians for most of our history. Patients in Greater Cincinnati and around the world benefit from the skills of doctors who trained here.

Evolving with the times — steadfast in our calling

The Jewish Hospital stood on its own until 1994, when we became part of the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati in response to the nation’s rapidly changing healthcare environment. In 2010, The Jewish Foundation entrusted hospital ownership to Mercy Health with the charge to foster our heritage and invest in our future.

The Jewish Foundation gave $16 million to Mercy Health Foundation in 2014 to expand our emergency department and support our Graduate Medical Education Program. Over the last five years, Mercy Health has invested over $130 million in our hospital in capital and technology infrastructure and campus renovations. Another $40 million will be required to complete the campus expansion and renovation 

A new era in care begins now

It’s no secret that healthcare is changing rapidly. If we’re to remain true to our mission and continue to lead in today’s increasingly competitive healthcare environment, strategic change is critical and urgent.

Our plan for campus expansion and renovation is anchored by a new five-story tower that will add 140,000 square feet to our campus. The result will be a more welcoming, patient-friendly, efficient environment today and for the future. Highlights include:

  • All private patient rooms
  • Redesigned and expanded emergency department
  • Easily accessible, centralized cancer services
  • New open heart surgery suite
  • New hybrid operating room for minimally invasive endovascular procedures
  • Enhanced graduate medical education facilities 

Join us and create the future

We stand at a pivotal moment in the remarkable history of The Jewish Hospital. We must modernize a community treasure and center of clinical expertise and learning, so that patients and our community can benefit from our unique capabilities and heritage for generations to come.

We invite you to become our partner by investing in The Jewish Hospital. Together, we will create a future of excellence that honors our extraordinary past.

To make a gift — and learn more — please contact:
Ann Marie Welty, Director, Strategic Initiatives

This is what we were meant to do.

Join our mission to help the poor and underserved be well.

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Your gift makes lives better and communities stronger. Thank you! To discuss your interests and learn more about giving options, please call (513) 952-5000.

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