has announced a $16 million gift from the to expand the Graduate Medical Education program and emergency department at .
The gift includes $10 million to fund an expansion of the emergency department by 2016. The will match the remaining $6 million needed to bolster the GME program and fill more of its federally approved residency slots while continuing to focus on the participation in the program of Jewish students and residents from Israel and other countries. The program will be housed in a new five-story tower that also will include inpatient ICU services, orthopedic and neurology services, and comprehensive cancer care services.
Founded in 1850, Cincinnati's Jewish Hospital is the oldest Jewish hospital in the nation. The Jewish Foundation sold it in 2010 to Mercy Health, which committed $75 million to improve the facility and expand the GME program.
"When the Jewish Foundation decided six years ago that the Jewish Hospital should be sold, it was very important that we find a partner that would ensure that the hospital maintained and strengthened its commitment to excellent health care — and Mercy Health has been that partner," said Jewish Foundation board chair Michael R. Oestreicher. "Mercy Health has not only honored the Jewish Hospital's name, traditions, and brand, its investment in the hospital's growth and expansion will help it continue its historic role as a first-class teaching hospital."