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January 19, 2008

Marymount Medical Center changes name

Hospital is now called St. Joseph London.

During the London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon meeting, Ginna Dempsey, CEO of Marymount Medical Center, announced the hospital’s name had changed.

The new official name is St. Joseph London, effective Wednesday.

“Since the first days of Pennington General Hospital in 1926, through the purchase and renaming of the hospital to Marymount/Our Lady of the Mountain by the Sister of Charity of Nazareth in 1946, to today — our mission has always been a commitment to care for the people of southeast Kentucky,” Dempsey said. “The name has not changed our commitment.”

Seven of Kentucky’s most respected health care organizations have completed their plans to come together as one.

The facilities that formally began operations as Saint Joseph Health System earlier this month include Marymount Medical Center, London; Flaget Memorial Hospital, Bardstown; Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin; and Saint Joseph HealthCare, Lexington, Berea and Mount Sterling.

Operations at St. Joseph London will go on as normal.

“A lot of things are still being determined, but we don’t foresee any changes,” said Sharon Hershberger, public affairs director. “I don’t think anyone will lose their job, but we haven’t been told that at this point. We don’t think that will be a probability.”

Under the Saint Joseph Health System structure, a new board of directors was formed in December 2007, replacing the local hospital boards. Each hospital organization is forming a hospital council made up of local community leaders.

“Yesterday we formed our physicians’ staff, employees and volunteers and other members of the community,” Dempsey said. “This is an exciting time for us. We will start construction on our new hospital at the end of January, soon to be finished in the year 2010. Also part of this new consolidation, there was a new board of directors formed. Our own Mike Fiechter was nominated as chair of this new board, which was quite an honor for us at Marymount because he had been past chair of our board of directors. Now, he will be the chair of the new regional system of Saint Joseph Health System.”

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