100 Year Anniversary

Baptist Health History

The first seeds for Baptist Health were planted in the 1890s, when Baptist leaders in Kentucky began discussing plans to build a modern hospital as an extension of Christian ministry. Talk turned to action in 1917, when the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky appointed the Rev. Dr. M.P. Hunt to raise funds to start construction.

Baptist church congregations across Kentucky pledged their support – and their dollars – to the opening of a hospital in the state’s most populous city, Louisville, with a vision toward having branches in the future. From that grassroots beginning has grown the state’s largest health system, now known as Baptist Health, with eight owned hospitals in two states – and a 410-bed joint venture hospital in Madisonville, Kentucky.