Beginning with its formation in 1996, Johns Hopkins Medicine has transformed health care through innovations in patient care, research, and education. This month, it celebrates 25 years since it was created to enhance collaboration and cooperation between the health system and the school of medicine—a quarter century of caring for patients and communities, using research to advance patient care, and training the next generation of health care providers.
Of course, all of the hospitals and member organizations that make up Johns Hopkins Medicine have been around far longer than 25 years. In the late 1800s, Johns Hopkins dedicated his fortune to found a namesake university and hospital. By doing so, he set in motion the development of world-class institutions for education, research, and patient care.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine was started with a founding gift from Mary Elizabeth Garrett to the university. The Johns Hopkins Hospital grew and evolved into the Johns Hopkins Health System, which included several hospitals and member organizations.
Today, Johns Hopkins Medicine includes six hospitals, four suburban health care and surgery centers, more than 40 patient care locations, a home care group, an international division, and one of the oldest medical schools in the country.
"Throughout its history, Johns Hopkins has continued to evolve and grow in response to the needs of our communities," Johns Hopkins Medicine Dean and CEO Paul Rothman and Johns Hopkins Health System President Kevin Sowers wrote in a message to the Hopkins Medicine community earlier this week. "Establishing Johns Hopkins Medicine 25 years ago was a crucial moment, and we thank you for being an important part of this organization."
This extraordinary era of expansion and medical advances and achievements is chronicled in a collection of stories published by Dome and highlighting 25 of the seminal events and achievements of Johns Hopkins Medicine's first quarter century.