For more than a century, Johns Hopkins has been recognized as a leader in patient care, medical research and teaching. Today, Johns Hopkins Medicine is known for its excellent faculty, nurses and staff specializing in every aspect of medical care. Johns Hopkins Medicine includes six academic and community hospitals, four suburban health care and surgery centers, more than 30 primary health care outpatient sites, as well as programs for national and international patient activities.
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Today, we take for granted rigorous training of physicians and nurses, an emphasis on finding new cures, and a commitment to making those cures available to all people. Yet these innovations originated here. They were the vision of Quaker merchant Johns Hopkins, who left the resources to unite a threefold mission: Provide the finest patient care. Seek knowledge to improve that care. And educate the next generation to carry out these task in a superior fashion.
Mr. Hopkins wanted a hospital with the finest physicians and staff; a hospital which was a charity for the poor of Baltimore without regard to race, color or creed; a hospital which had amenities for those able to pay, so that charity to the poor could be sustained. He wanted a hospital to be a part of or a partner with the University medical school and faculty, with a training school for nurses. He envisioned a place of compassion and caring, high skill, research and education.
Yet at the opening of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, on May 7, 1889, the first president of the Board of Trustees pointed out that, "Johns Hopkins did not leave a hospital; what he did leave was a complicated piece of machinery in the form of various investments capable of evolving the power required to construct and maintain a hospital, for in this sense money is power. This machinery requires constant adjustment and looking after."
Johns Hopkins Health System
In the past decade, our environment has changed drastically, particularly in the financing of patient care and research. We responded by creating the Johns Hopkins Health System -- moving into the community, establishing clinics and affiliating with other hospitals in order to provide a broader spectrum of patient care and different resources for teaching and research.
The Johns Hopkins Health System strengthens our ability to confront the epidemics of today -- AIDS, heart disease, cancer, substance abuse, mind-brain impairment, and problems of the aging. Their control and cure will come, as Johns Hopkins moves forward dedicating ourselves to the principle of our founder.