Kettering Health's beginnings stem from the family of Dayton inventor Charles F. Kettering. After his death in 1958, his son and daughter-in-law, Eugene and Virginia, decided to build a hospital as a memorial of his life and work. Impressed by the treatment polio patients received at a hospital operated by Seventh-day-Adventists, and believing the church’s philosophy of healing and Christian-based compassion was the perfect foundation for a new community-based hospital, the Ketterings raised $2 million to develop the project. Kettering Memorial Hospital, a 254-bed facility, was officially dedicated in February 1964. Since the Ketterings plan also called for a school, the Adventist church opened Kettering College of Medical Arts in 1967.
In 1978, Kettering opened Sycamore Hospital to provide medical care in the southwest suburbs. In June 1999, the Kettering and Grandview (opened in 1926) hospital systems merged, which also included Southview Medical Center in the southeast region, creating the Kettering Medical Center Network, which operated under the Kettering Adventist HealthCare umbrella.
Now known as Kettering Health, the network is the fastest growing health care provider in the Dayton area and the third largest employer. A not-for-profit organization, Kettering Health serves citizens of the greater Dayton area and surrounding communities with nine hospitals, 12 stand-alone emergency departments, 188 clinic locations, more than 1,900 physicians on staff, over 14,000 employees, and over 1,700 volunteers.
In the Community
To help people improve and maintain quality of life, Kettering Health’s facilities provide inpatient care, outpatient services, emergency care, home health care, cancer care, cardiac services, surgical care, rehabilitation services, psychiatric care, and numerous health education classes each year. Many programs, like the annual Walk for Women’s Wellness, which raises money for breast cancer screenings, are run in conjunction with other community organizations. Physicians and other employees often travel to countries where there is great need, healing and caring for the sick and underserved.
Getting in Touch
Interim CEO, Kettering Health Network: Michael Mewhirter
Interim Chief Financial Officer: Tim Ko
Executive Vice President, Kettering Physician Enterprise: George Lewis
Executive Vice President, Mission Brand and People: Tim Dutton
Chief Clinical Officer: Brenda Kuhn
Chief Nursing Officer: Jennifer Shull
President, Kettering Health, Main Campus: Sharlet Briggs
President, Kettering Health, Dayton: Richard Manchur
President, Kettering College: Nate Brandstater
Senior Marketing Specialist: Christina Keresoma
Telephone: (937) 298-4331
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