St. Elizabeth History
For more than 160 years, St. Elizabeth has been the heart and soul of healthcare in this region, proudly fulfilling the wish of the Sisters of the Poor, “So that the new hospital may not only be an ornament for Covington, but a blessing for centuries.”
Founded with one small hospital in 1861, St. Elizabeth is now a regional healthcare leader, operating six facilities throughout Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana.
As Northern Kentucky’s population continued to soar and expand to other areas within the region, St. Elizabeth responded by opening its Edgewood facility with 182 beds in 1978. Today, the Edgewood facility has grown to 502 beds and serves as the flagship location for St. Elizabeth Healthcare.
Meanwhile, burgeoning growth in Boone County made clear the need for a state-of-the-art medical facility in that area as well. In 1979, the hospital we now call St. Elizabeth Florence opened in Boone County’s largest city in order to serve the increasing population of the area.
In late 2008, St. Elizabeth Medical Center and the St. Luke Hospitals joined to form what we now know as St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Today, our thriving healthcare system is not only a regional healthcare leader, but it poised to become a national leader, as well.
St. Elizabeth Dearborn
On November 1, 2020, we welcomed St. Elizabeth Dearborn into our family, ushering in a new era for St. Elizabeth Healthcare and further expanding our Mission of comprehensive and compassionate care into the Southeastern Indiana region. In our new Dearborn facility and accompanying physicians’ offices, St. Elizabeth gained 700 new associates and physicians who brought with them invaluable healthcare experience, strong patient relationships, and devotion to their community.
In 2015, St. Elizabeth opened the Heart & Vascular Institute on our Edgewood campus, setting a goal to decrease heart-related deaths in Northern Kentucky by 25 percent by 2025. Supported by a generous $7 million donation from local businessman William J. Yung III, St. Elizabeth furthered its commitment to cardiac care in 2021, opening a new 67,000-square-foot, multi-specialty, comprehensive facility named the Florence Wormald Heart & Vascular Institute at St. Elizabeth.