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September 6, 2012

BRMC to change name

Baptist Healthcare System becoming Baptist Health

CORBIN — By Becky Killian / Managing Editor

Baptist Healthcare System Inc. announced Wednesday it has changed its name to Baptist Health to reflect the scope of services it offers at facilities throughout the state.

That means Baptist’s six hospitals will all have name changes to Baptist Health, though it could be a year or more before Corbin’s Baptist Regional Medical Center sees a name change, according to Ruth Ann Childers, spokesperson for Baptist Health.

The first hospital to reflect the new name is Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center in Richmond, which has been acquired by Baptist Health.

“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.”

Childers emphasized this is a name change only and that Baptist’s clients and patients will see no changes to whom provides their care.

“What this name change reflects is just the growth of our services,” Childers said.

Baptist also owns fitness centers, including one in Corbin. While Baptist Family Fitness will likely see a name change, it hasn’t been determined yet what that name will be, Childers said.

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.

 

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