I have given you in your capacity of trustees, thirteen acres of land, situated in the city of Baltimore, and bounded by Wolfe, Monument, Broadway, and Jefferson Streets, upon which I desire you to erect a hospital.—Johns Hopkins, 1873When wealthy Baltimore banker Johns Hopkins died in 1873, his will divid-ed his estate into two equal parts- one for the creation of a university and the other for the building of a hospital. Mr. Hopkins, a Quaker who felt a moral duty to use his money for charitable purposes, left instructions that the hospital “treat the indigent sick of the city without regard to sex, age or color.”John Shaw Billings, a well-known expert in hospital design and management, was selected by the estate’s trustees to carry out the plans to create a hospital that would best serve as an instrument of medical education. Mr. Billings proposed many progressive ideas including: providing support for scientific research to advance medical knowledge, teaching through observation and practice rather than relying only on textbooks and hiring full-time medical school professors who could devote their careers to research and teaching. By the time the Hospital was built and dedicated in 1889, it was clear that The Johns Hopkins Hospital would become a leader and model for medical education, research and patient care.The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation treat approxi-mately one million patients each year and employ approximately 15,000 people. It has become world- renowned for excellence in patient care, for breakthrough discoveries in medical research and as a training ground for the nation’s finest physicians, nurses, health care professionals and public health experts. It has achieved, and even exceeded, the promise anticipated by its visionary founders more than 100 years ago.O U R M I S S I O NThe mission of The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) has remained constant for over a century. It is our mission:nTo be the world’s preeminent health care institution;n To provide the highest quality care and service for all people in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human illnesses;n To operate cooperatively and interdependently with the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University to support education in the health professions and research development into the causes and treatments of human illness;nTo be the leading health care institution in the application of discovery;n To attract and support physicians and other health care professionals of the highest character and greatest skill;n To provide facilities and amenities that promote the highest quality care, afford solace and enhance the surrounding community.