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Trover Health System joins Baptist Health

Baptist Health (formerly Baptist Healthcare System) announced today that Trover Health System is joining Baptist as its eighth hospital in the state. Effective Nov. 1, Trover Health System will become Baptist Health Madisonville.

Trover – located in Madisonville – began exclusive discussions with Baptist nearly a year ago after selecting Baptist from proposals submitted by several healthcare organizations. LifePoint Hospitals and Owensboro Medical Health System were also considered as finalists in the process. Each finalist was selected based on its ability to assist Trover with the design and implementation of new models of care and payment reform, access to capital, experience with recruiting physicians and building solid physician relationships, and developing service line partnerships.  After an extensive evaluation process, Baptist was chosen as the system of choice by the Trover Board of Directors.

“We couldn’t have chosen a finer addition to our already strong, statewide network of hospitals,” said Baptist Health President and CEO Tommy J. Smith. “And we’re equally proud that Trover chose Baptist when looking for a partner. Through the combined resources of these longstanding healthcare institutions, we will both benefit from a shared focus on putting patient care first through strategic partnerships with our physicians.”  

“This is a monumental day in the history of healthcare in Hopkins County and the surrounding communities,” said E. Berton Whitaker, President and CEO of Baptist Health Madisonville. “By joining the Baptist Health family, we are positioning our health system to address the ever-changing needs of providing healthcare in the years to come. Both Trover and Baptist value our patients, our employees and our communities. We share common missions and our culture and tradition of community service are well aligned so that together, we can build upon and further strengthen the depth and breadth of the services provided by our organization.”

Plans are already underway which demonstrate the benefits of the relationship. In response to the community’s growing need for primary care physicians, Baptist Health Madisonville is actively recruiting for internal medicine and family practice physicians. Renovations also are planned for the Mother/Baby Unit, Emergency Department and Same Day Surgery, in addition to updates to other areas of the hospital. There will be an emphasis on updating healthcare technology and facilities at the Madisonville campus, while Baptist Health also offers access to a statewide network of hospitals, outpatient facilities and physicians ready to respond to patients’ needs. 

In addition to Baptist Health Madisonville, Baptist Health includes Baptist Health Louisville, Baptist Health La Grange, Baptist Health Corbin, Baptist Health Lexington, Baptist Health Paducah, Oak Tree Hospital at Baptist Regional Medical Center, and its newest addition, Baptist Health Richmond. Baptist Health also manages Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown and Russell County Hospital in Russell Springs.

Baptist Healthcare System, founded in 1924, announced its new name as Baptist Health on September 5. The new name unifies the family of hospitals and health-related entities and helps to better align medical expertise, services and resources to provide a continuum of care throughout the state.

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About Baptist Health

Baptist Health (formerly Baptist Healthcare System) – headquartered in Louisville – is Kentucky’s largest healthcare provider by total licensed bed capacity (more than 2,400 licensed beds), by total patient encounters and by geographical coverage of the state. Baptist Health now owns eight hospitals across the state in Louisville, La Grange, Lexington, Richmond, Paducah, Madisonville and Corbin, along with Oak Tree, a Long Term Acute Care Hospital in Corbin and two managed facilities: Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown and Russell County Hospital in Russell Springs. For more than 85 years, Baptist Health has stood for high quality care, patient satisfaction and nursing excellence, owning two of the four adult Magnet-designated hospitals in Kentucky. In addition, Baptist Health delivers more babies and treats more new cancer cases than any other system in the Commonwealth. Baptist has grown its physician network to more than 450 employed physicians and more than 1,600 independent physicians. In addition to hospitals, Baptist Health includes urgent care and retail-based clinics, home health care, outpatient diagnostic and surgery centers, occupational medicine and physical therapy clinics, fitness centers and a health maintenance organization (HMO).


About Baptist Health Madisonville

Baptist Health Madisonville is an integrated healthcare provider serving western Kentucky residents for more than 55 years. With seven locations in six counties, Baptist Health Madisonville proudly offers services and specialties that meet the needs of Kentuckians close to home. With more than 170 primary care, mid-level and specialist physicians, 450 registered nurses and nearly 1,000 licensed healthcare professionals, Baptist Health Madisonville is made up of an experienced team of dedicated staff and provides healthcare solutions with compassion and respect for the uniqueness of every individual. Guided by a values-based culture to consistently deliver clinical and service excellence to our patients, Baptist Health Madisonville strives for excellent care, every time. For more information, please visit