When famed inventor Charles F. Kettering died in 1958 at the age of 82, Kettering's only son, Eugene, informed the business community in Dayton of the family's plans to build a 100-bed hospital on the family estate.
He challenged the community to raise $1.5M with the understanding he would make up the difference and expand the project to a 300-bed hospital. In about 20 minutes, the entire $1.5M was pledged.
Since the hospital opened in 1964, it has always stayed true to Kettering's spirit of innovation, being the first in the region to perform numerous groundbreaking procedures and use new diagnostic tools.
Fifty years later the campus now includes Kettering College, the Schuster Heart Hospital, and the Pavilion housing the Kettering Health Network Cancer Center.