LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2012) — Baptist Healthcare System, Inc. officials announced today the rebranding of its health system to Baptist Health. The rebranding comes as the statewide system acquires an additional hospital, Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center in Richmond.
Baptist Healthcare System owns and operates Baptist Hospital East in Louisville and Baptist Hospital Northeast in La Grange, in addition to hospitals in Lexington, Corbin and Paducah.
Founded in 1924, Baptist Health has earned numerous national recognitions. The new name is a brand that unifies the family of hospitals and health-related entities and helps to better align medical expertise, services and resources to provide a continuum of care throughout the state.
“We have for many years been much more than a system of hospitals, and the new name reflects the broad scope of services that Baptist provides throughout the state,” said Tommy J. Smith, Baptist Health President and CEO. “The addition of Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center means that we will be able to make our care more convenient to a greater number of Kentucky residents.”
In 2010, one out of every six inpatients and one out of every nine outpatients in Kentucky received care at a Baptist hospital. The new brand promotes the system’s cohesiveness while still keeping health care “local” in each entity’s markets.
The new brand is effective immediately, but changes on signs, the corporate website and each entity’s website will be made over the next few years.
The hospital acquisition comes as a result of a growing relationship with Pattie A. Clay and Baptist Health. In 2010, Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center and Baptist-owned Central Baptist Hospital entered a three-year management agreement which developed into ownership.
Pattie A. Clay was founded in 1892. A 105-bed acute-care hospital located on the Eastern Bypass in Richmond, Pattie A. Clay serves residents of Madison and surrounding counties through several locations, including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, Instant Care Center, Wound Care Clinic, Occupational Medicine Center, Health and Education Center and physician practices.
Baptist Health, headquartered in Louisville, owns six acute-care hospitals with more than 1,500 licensed beds in Corbin, La Grange, Lexington, Louisville, Paducah and Richmond. Baptist Health also manages Hardin Memorial, a 300-bed acute-care hospital in Elizabethtown, and Russell County Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Russell Springs.