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Johns Hopkins Medicine: A History of Caring

Community involvement is in our DNA.

In endowing the funds that would build his hospital, Mr. Johns Hopkins set a standard for providing care without regard to race, rare in the 19th-century world. Mr. Hopkins’ last will and testament specifically directed that the hospital that would bear his name would be “...not only for Whites, but, for the sick, Colored People and also Children.” 

And while it would have been easy for Johns Hopkins to have built his hospital on his bucolic country estate, his conscience, informed by the insights of the trustees he himself had selected, led him to instead purchase a different site.

If Mr. Hopkins wanted to help the community with his hospital, his advisers counseled, then he should put the hospital where they lived. And so he did, grounding his great institution in the daily lives of those he wished it to serve.

Continuing a Great Legacy

In the years since our founding, Johns Hopkins Medicine has continued its commitment and involvement to the city and its people. 

We treat thousands of our neighbors every year in our care settings, and provide screenings, clinics and at-home support to help people better manage and improve their health.

We took over the failing Baltimore City Hospitals and created Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, bringing world-renowned care to another of Baltimore’s neighborhoods.

We know that youth are the future of the world and, more particularly, of our community. Each year, we host hundreds of summer interns and 150 summer scholars from underserved backgrounds to help them gain exposure and experience in medicine, science and technology.

We provide jobs for those trying to get their lives back on track after incarceration.

Not Just a Day, Not Just a Season: Our Commitment Is Year-Round, Day In and Day Out

Serving Our Communities

Though we have expanded our services globally, it has been our goal since our founding to serve our surrounding communities. Our communities are where we live, work and set the standard excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. 

Thousands of Johns Hopkins students and employees are engaged with more than 500 programs and organizations working to improve lives and uplift the community in greater Baltimore. 

In fiscal year 2013, Johns Hopkins Medicine provided $337.4 million in community benefits and care. The following is one of many examples of how we serve in East Baltimore:

Community Health Partnership infographic