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Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville begins journey as newly-formed joint venture

Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville, the newly-formed joint venture of Baptist Health and Deaconess Health System, will celebrate its first day as a new organization with the unveiling of a new logo and signage.
With assistance from the Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce, a ribbon-cutting was held at 10 a.m. featuring the unveiling of the logo for the new organization, and new signage at the facility.
Employees will mark the day by receiving new logo-branded T-shirts, and taking photos for their new work badges. Additional festivities are planned for later in the month.
The Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville logo incorporates the brand marks of both hospital systems.
“By incorporating both Baptist Health and Deaconess icons into the logo, it illustrates that we are working together but still distinct – conveying the idea of a joint venture,” said Gerard Colman, Baptist Health CEO. “With Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville, we have Kentucky’s largest health system, and the Tri-State’s largest health system, joining forces to further enhance healthcare in the communities served.”
The agreement to jointly operate the 410-bed hospital was signed June 30 after approval from both health system administrative boards. The new name was also announced that day.
“Our primary care, surgery, cancer and heart care programs are especially going to see growth and expansion with this joint venture,” said Rob Ramey, Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville president. “Our communities can expect the same high quality healthcare they’ve come to expect from our staff who’ve risen to the challenges of the pandemic. We are grateful to our remarkable team members who go above and beyond to ensure each patient receives the care and attention deserved.”
Baptist Health and Deaconess will jointly operate the hospital, Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville Medical Group, home care and hospice, the Foundation, and associated outpatient facilities in Madisonville, Powderly, Dawson Springs, Princeton and Hopkinsville.
“Some initial steps will be in physician recruitment, which is a high priority, as well as facility modernization and improvements,” said Shawn McCoy, Deaconess CEO. “Surgical suite enhancements, emergency room renovations and cancer care facility upgrades are on a list of about $50 million in planned investments.”
A major focus of the joint venture will be local decision-making and control with a new 13-member board of directors. Eight of those directors will be drawn from the Madisonville-area community.
The hospital, originally called Trover Clinic and Regional Medical Center and later Trover Health system, was renamed Baptist Health Madisonville when acquired by Baptist Health in 2012.
Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville
Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville is a 410-bed acute and skilled care facility with a special emphasis on community outreach and training students to provide medical care in rural areas. For its patients, the hospital has clinics conveniently located in nearby communities to provide care close to home. Overall, Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville offers 37 points of care by a network of providers representing a wide variety of specialties.

Specialized, comprehensive services include the Jack L. Hamman Heart & Vascular Center for heart care, including electrophysiology, the Merle M. Mahr Cancer Center, and mother and baby care, including a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Recognized as a pioneer, Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville was the first Kentucky hospital outside a metropolitan area to offer open heart surgery.

The hospital has earned Pathway to Excellence® designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nursing Credentialing Center.

In 2012, the hospital – formerly known as the Trover Clinic and Regional Medical Center -- joined Baptist Health and in 2021 became Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville, a joint venture of Baptist Health and Deaconess Health Systems. 

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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 eight owned hospitals include more than 2,300 licensed beds in Corbin, Elizabethtown, La Grange, Lexington, Louisville, Paducah, Richmond and New Albany, Indiana. In addition, Baptist Health jointly operates the 410-bed Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville in Madisonville, Kentucky with Deaconess Health System. Baptist Health employs more than 23,000 people in Kentucky and surrounding states.

Baptist Health was the first 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 1,500 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 10 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.  More information is available at
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