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Baptist Health, Deaconess agree to jointly operate Madisonville hospital, medical group

The hospital’s new name was revealed – Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville.

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY & EVANSVILLE, INDIANA June 30, 2021 – The Baptist Health and Deaconess Health System boards of directors have finalized an agreement to jointly operate the Madisonville hospital and medical group effective Sept. 1.

In the first sign of change, the hospital’s new name was revealed – Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville.

“In selecting a new name, we wanted to strongly signal that both Kentucky’s largest healthcare system and the Tri-State’s largest healthcare provider are joining forces, bringing their expertise to further elevate the level of care provided to the community and bolster services through targeted investments,” said Gerard Colman, Baptist Health CEO.

“Baptist Health and Deaconess will pool resources and experiences to grow and expand the hospital’s primary care, surgery, cardiac and cancer care programs, ensuring that patients from Madisonville and surrounding communities can continue to access quality health care close to home,” said Shawn McCoy, Deaconess CEO.

Baptist Health and Deaconess will jointly operate the hospital, medical group, and associated outpatient facilities in Madisonville, Powderly, Dawson Springs, Princeton and Hopkinsville. Initial capital investments of more than $50 million will include surgical suite enhancements, emergency room renovations, and cancer care facility upgrades. Community benefit efforts such as financial assistance and charity care will continue.

Physician recruitment will also be a focus of the new medical group that will employ the physicians, providers and staff currently part of the Baptist Health Medical Group in the Madisonville area.

“Local decision-making, focus and control will be central to this faith-based joint venture,” said Robert Ramey, hospital president. “Our employees will see the same rates of pay, seniority, and similar benefit plans.” 

Following the initial announcement earlier this year, working groups from both health systems delved into the joint venture’s operational details, leading to the signing of an agreement by the Baptist Health board on June 29 and by the Deaconess board in May.

Baptist Health acquired the former Trover Health System in 2012, changing the name to Baptist Health Madisonville.


Baptist Health Madisonville

Baptist Health Madisonville proudly serves western Kentucky residents with 35 points of care to meet the needs of Kentuckians close to home.  As an integrated healthcare provider, it includes more than 100 primary care and specialist physicians, a 410-bed hospital with a leading edge 20-bed Critical Care Unit, an Education division with a Family Medicine Residency program, award-winning Women’s Health, advanced Cancer Care and a progressive Heart & Vascular Center. The hospital has received the Pathway to Excellence® designation for excellence in nursing services from the American Nursing Credentialing Center.

Baptist Health

Founded in 1924 in Louisville, Kentucky, Baptist Health is a full-spectrum health system dedicated to improving the health of the communities it serves. The Baptist Health family consists of nine hospitals, employed and independent physicians, and more than 400 points of care, including outpatient facilities, physician practices and services, urgent care clinics, outpatient diagnostic and surgery centers, home care, fitness centers, and occupational medicine and physical therapy clinics.

Baptist Health’s nine owned hospitals include more than 2,700 licensed beds in Corbin, Elizabethtown, La Grange, Lexington, Louisville, Madisonville, Paducah, Richmond and New Albany, Indiana. Baptist Health employs more than 22,000 people in Kentucky and surrounding states.

Baptist Health is the only health system in the U.S. to have all of its hospitals recognized by the American Nursing Credentialing Center with either a Magnet® or Pathway to Excellence® designation for nursing excellence.

Baptist Health’s physician network, Baptist Health Medical Group, has more than 1,550 employed providers, including about 800 employed physicians, plus more than 2,000 independent physicians.

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Deaconess Health System

Deaconess Health System is the premier provider of healthcare services to 26 counties in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. The system consists of nine hospitals, a fully integrated multispecialty group featuring primary care and specialty physicians; a freestanding cancer center, urgent care facilities, a network of preferred hospitals and doctors, more than 35 care sites, and multiple partnerships with other regional healthcare providers.

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