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Health Care Hall of Fame

Sister Grace Marie Hiltz
Inducted in 1995

Sister Grace Marie Hiltz
1920-1985
Inducted in 1995


Sister Grace Marie Hiltz founded the Sisters of Charity Health Care Systems after she left Cincinnati’s Good Samaritan Hospital where she served as president and CEO from 1962 to 1979.

At the hospital, she was known to always keep a drawer full of toys to give to young visitors. Hiltz died unexpectedly in 1985—two days before the dedication of a new million-dollar wing at Good Samaritan, which was the flagship facility of the Sisters of Charity system.

In the 1970s, Hiltz struck a deal with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan in Southwest Ohio to form Cincinnati’s first HMO, which was co-owned by the insurer and Good Samaritan.

Hiltz also served on the American Hospital Association board during her career as well as the Catholic Health Association’s. She served as chair of what was then called the Catholic Hospital Association from 1974 to 1975.

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