February 12, 2013

Same hospital, new name: Baptist Health Corbin starts new chapter

By Magen McCrarey
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Fireworks lit up the night sky on Tuesday, Feb. 5, shedding light on a local hospital’s new name and logo.  Baptist Health Corbin (BHC), formerly Baptist Regional Medical Center, is now one of seven Baptist Health system facilities across the state that are officially unified under the same faith-based title.

“Across the entire state of Kentucky, Baptist Health is celebrating their new logo, and their new name change. However, it is the same great care, taking care of folks like family, because we are a family,”  said Larry Gray, CEO of BHC.

Outside the outpatient surgery lobby, Rev. Bobby Joe Eaton commenced the “lighting up” ceremony with prayer as hospital employees, volunteers, patients, and community and business leaders stood by with their heads bowed.

“It’s a time of celebration. Our minds go back for many of us to the days gone by of the old Smith Hospital, Southeastern Kentucky Baptist Hospital and thank you for all those who have provided health care in those days. Thank you for the vision of this time that is happening right now in our hospital,” Eaton said.

Gray stated Corbin’s staff still believes in local health care and what’s best for the patient.  Although, with six more facilities all providing health care in the same name, it allows Corbin to receive more resources, expertise and shared experience across the board.

“I’m excited that all the hospitals are going to have the same name and have more unity across the board,”  said Beth Foley, registered nurse at BHC.

“I think that there will be more support throughout the systems,” commented Samantha Miniard, also a registered nurse.

Gray announced the new brand promotes the system’s cohesiveness while still keeping health care local in each city’s market.  The new logo was inspired by Baptist Health’s spiritual roots, with a space between the four leaves forming a cross.  In addition, the veins of the logo’s leaves create a starburst, recognizing the vitality of a dynamic and innovative organization.

“We will look for ways to be accountable for the health of our community and our citizens around us. We will be looking for ways to be more than hospitals, more than clinics, and looking for ways to move forward with health care reform,” Gray said.

Headquartered in Louisville since 1924, Baptist Health now owns seven acute-care hospitals with more than 1,500 licensed beds in Corbin, La Grange, Lexington, Louisville, Paducah, Richmond, and Madisonville.  The not-for-profit corporation 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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