History Of TriHealth

Created in 1995, TriHealth is a health care system based in Cincinnati, Ohio.  It operates Bethesda North and Good Samaritan hospitals, as well as community-based facilities and home health services. The third hospital in the TriHealth system, Bethesda Oak was closed in 1999 (see figure).  In 2008 TriHealth employed 9,500 people with revenue of $1 billion.

TriHealth combines the strengths of two of Greater Cincinnati’s finest health care organizations, Bethesda and Good Samaritan.  Formed in 1995, the partnership created an integrated health delivery system whose mission is to improve the health of the people we serve, with an emphasis on prevention, wellness and education.  TriHealth is dedicated to delivering the best care possible.

TriHealth institutions have values rooted in spiritual heritage and compassionate services to the community. Bethesda was founded in 1896 by German Methodist deaconesses to care for Cincinnati’s sick and poor. A Catholic organization, Good Samaritan Hospital was established in 1852 under the sponsorship of the Sisters of Charity to provide care for the poor and medically underserved. In keeping withtheir early purpose, TriHealth continues to provide uncompensated care to those in need.

The “Tri” in TriHealth represents the hospitals, physicians, and community working together to improve the health and wellness of the people they serve. The “Tri” also expresses a commitment to the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of health. The TriHealth logo incorporates a health care cross representing the health care mission and a crucifix representing a common set of religious values. The sunburst in the logo symbolizes Bethesda’s and Good Samaritan’s hope for and commitment to a healthier community.

Figure Legend: John Prout, President and CEO of TriHealth, Inc., Cincinnati, OH., 2007.

In serving the community’s needs, TriHealth offers comprehensive services at more than 50 convenient locations in the Tristate. Sites include two hospital locations and physician office buildings in addition to fitness, rehabilitation, occupational health, and outpatient centers. TriHealth also provides at home and workplace health services and delivers care and education cooperatively through community-based organizations, such as churches, schools, clinics and social agencies.

Figure Legend: David Dornheggen, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Good Samaritan Hospital 2007.

TriHealth hospitals have been recognized locally and nationally as top-rated in maternity care, neonatal intensive care, cardiac surgery and cardiology, orthopedics, urology, neurology/neurosurgery, and endocrinology.

Figure Legend. November 17, 1999 “Business Courier” Newspaper article about the decision to close Bethesda Oak Hospital.



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