Dear Friends,

This year marked a milestone in the history of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations.

Our storied journey began in 1940, when Doctors Hospital was founded by three osteopathic physicians in Columbus, Ohio to provide accessible, affordable and holistic healthcare as well as programs to train future osteopathic physicians to address the medical needs of Ohioans.

As osteopathic medicine expanded in Ohio and across the country, so did the hospital’s service area, including opening the nation’s first satellite hospital in 1963 on the westside of Columbus and with the 1980 acquisition of Doctors Hospital of Nelsonville (formerly Mount Saint Mary’s) in Nelsonville, Ohio.

Over the years, Doctors Hospital grew into a high-quality healthcare system and one of the largest and most respected osteopathic physician training programs in the United States, a tradition which continues today.

In 1998, the asset sale of the Doctors Hospital system to OhioHealth provided an influx of funds into the renamed Osteopathic Heritage Foundations. Over the past 25 years, the Foundations have approved more than $260 million in funding awards to over 580 organizations, advancing a mission to improve health and quality of life in the community through education, research and service consistent with our osteopathic heritage.

Today, the Foundations’ mission remains rooted in the traditions and philosophy of osteopathic medicine, including a whole-person approach to patient care while emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion. Our grantmaking aligns with osteopathic medicine by applying a holistic lens to funding investments, recognizing the health and wellbeing of communities, families and individuals are influenced by a host of conditions, including access to clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment.

The Foundations are proud of the accomplishments realized by the organizations we have partnered with over the years to improve health outcomes. These include transformation in the provision of medical education and growing the physician workforce in Ohio; biomedical research to address pressing health issues such as diabetes and chronic pain; building capacity in the communities we serve to address the growing demand for behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment and services; increased access to healthy, local foods; and collaborative funding partnerships, leveraging the Foundations’ resources for the greatest impact.

With a continued commitment to advancing osteopathic medicine and community health, the Foundations will further invest in these priorities in the year ahead. We look forward to sharing more about these strategic grantmaking investments and impact in 2024.

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season,

Terri Donlin Huesman, President/CEO