The foundation of the Medical Heritage Center was made possible by a grant from the Columbus Medical Association (CMA) Foundation and the Ohio State University Medical Center. These organizations saw the need to preserve and celebrate the region's medical heritage. From its establishment in 1997 to today, the Center stands as a testament to a unique collaboration between the CMA, the region's professional medical society, and the OSU Medical Center.
The Medical Heritage Center is the only scholarly facility in Central Ohio concentrating solely on the accomplishments of the people, organizations and institutions at the forefront of the development of health care and medicine in the region. It is the only institution dedicated to researching and collecting the region's health and medical past and sharing the information through exhibits and scholarly publications for the educational benefits of scholars, students and the general public.