Baptist Health Foundation Paducah announces more than 74 million already raised in 10 million comprehensive capital campaign

January 12, 2017

Baptist Health Foundation Paducah unveiled that it is well on its way to the $10 million comprehensive capital campaign goal at Baptist Health Paducah.

Baptist Health Foundation Paducah unveiled it is well on its way to the $10 million comprehensive capital campaign goal at Baptist Health Paducah.

Hospital president William A. Brown announced at a celebration the campaign has already raised more than $7.4 million in a “silent” phase since last March. It is the first-ever comprehensive capital campaign in the 64-year history of Baptist Health Paducah.

The “Celebrating Miracles, Transforming Lives” campaign is raising funds to advance the mission of the hospital in four areas – Cancer Care, Mother & Baby Care, Cardiac Care and Outreach – to improve the health of the community.

Campaign officials outlined several projects to benefit from the campaign, including the new Regional Cancer Care Center, expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, cardiac endowment and community outreach, such as fitness programs and clinics in area schools.

Now entering its “public phase,” the campaign will seek the community’s help to bring quality health care to all areas of the region, Brown said.

“The generosity of our community has been vital to the success of Baptist Health Paducah since it opened its doors in 1953,” Brown said. “From the beginning, we have been a team – the community and Baptist Health – and we look forward to continuing our partnership to reach our greatest potential as a healthy community.”

Campaign co-chairs are former Kentucky Gov. Martha Layne Collins, radiation oncologist Peter Locken, MD, Strawberry Hills Pharmacy co-owner Daniel Jones and retired cardiologist Patrick Withrow, MD, who now serves as the hospital’s outreach director. Steering committee members are Aimee Gruber, Jeff Holland, Buddy Upshaw, Dawn Wientjes and Charles Winkler, MD.

"Baptist Health is an asset to this community and this last year I've been able to meet with many people and hear how their lives have been touched by our care," said Collins, foundation executive-in-residence. “This campaign will only help Baptist continue the legacy of providing quality care to the region.”

Jones said it’s an honor to take part in the campaign and work with the Foundation. “As the hospital builds the first Regional Cancer Care Center, expands the NICU, supports cardiac services and advances our mission of transforming our community’s health, we can make the difference,” Jones said. “As a community of givers, we have the opportunity to take our health and our health care to the next level.”

Hospital board member Tammy Zimmerman said the campaign has had broad support from people affiliated with the hospital, as well as many other businesses and individuals. “I am truly amazed by the outpouring of support from the hospital leadership, the administrative and foundation boards, physicians, employees and volunteers,” she said.  “They dedicate their time and talent to improve the health of our community, and now we ask for the community’s support so that we can all better serve the patients in our communities.”

For more information or to make a donation to the Celebrating Miracles, Transforming Lives capital campaign, contact the Foundation at 270.575.2871 or visit