Bethesda Releases History Book

Highlights 120 years of transformational health care in region


Bethesda History Book

Cincinnati – November 16, 2016 – Health care in Greater Cincinnati has a long and illustrious tradition. Today, it is one of the region’s leading industries, employers and growth engines.

Bethesda has been one of the pioneers and innovation leaders since 1896, when a German Methodist minister convened seven women deacons to found Bethesda Hospital and the Deaconess Association.

A new book from Bethesda Inc., The Ripple Effect: How Bethesda Transformed Health Care in Cincinnati, reveals how Bethesda grew from a cottage in Mount Auburn to become and a regional leader in funding innovative health care delivery and co-sponsor of TriHealth, the region’s leading multi-hospital integrated, health system.

This 128-page illustrated book is available at Bethesda North Hospital and Bethesda Oak campus gift shops or online. All proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Bethesda Foundation, which supports Hospice of Cincinnati, Fernside, and Bethesda hospitals.

Hard cover versions of the book are $31 each and soft cover versions are available for $21.


“It is humbling to think that our mission started with seven German Methodist Deaconesses who devoted their time to caring for the sick,” said Bethesda Inc. President Jill Miller. “These courageous women created an ideal that lives on today through our sponsorship of TriHealth and funding of new ideas and approaches to improve health care delivery and the health of our community.”

Bethesda’s story is a fascinating one of heroes – doctors, nurses, educators, administrators and donors – who made doing things differently, and better, a way of life. Their dedication to the community and its health remains the driving force behind Bethesda Inc.'s vitality today.

The book is based on an original manuscript by Dan Hurley and Susan Redman-Rengstorf, updated and edited by Carol Lloyd with research assistance by Ed Rider. It was published by Cincinnati Book Publishing.