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In December of 1998, Catholic Health Initiatives and Saint Joseph Hospital purchased Jewish Hospital Lexington and renamed it Saint Joseph East. Ten years later, it is now one of eight hospitals that make up Saint Joseph Health System.

Below is a timeline of Saint Joseph East's history, including milestones, accolades and growth of the hospital.

History of Saint Joseph East

1981
Groundbreaking ceremony signals the beginning of the Lexington Community Hospital

1983
• The renamed Humana Hospital Lexington, centered on a 32-acre campus amidst rural Fayette County, opens its doors to patients.
• 1st baby born
• Humana Diabetes Center opens (KY’s first unit dedicated to diabetes care)

1984
Pediatrics unit opens

1985
• Level II nursery opens
• Humana Diabetes Center is first in eastern U.S. to use subcutaneous peritoneal access device
• Cath Lab opens

1989
• Outpatient Surgery expansion
• Center of Advanced Eye Surgery opens

1991
1st Open Heart Surgery

1992
ED Addition

1995
Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services reached management agreement with Humana

1996
Humana Hospital Lexington renamed The Lexington Hospital

1997
Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services purchases last remaining Humana hospital and renames Jewish Hospital Lexington

1998
• Renovation of Cath Lab/Women’s Services/Physician Lounge/Administration
• CHI and Saint Joseph Hospital purchase Jewish Hospital Lexington and rename Saint Joseph East

2000
• MedWorks opens
• 1st Maternity Fair

2001
Kid Traxx opens

2002
• LTACH opens
• Center for Weight Loss Surgery opens
• Breast Center opens
• 1,000 births

2003
• Received JD Power & Associates Distinguished Hospital Award for Service Excellence
• New MOB opens

2004
 Received JD Power & Associates Distinguished Hospital Award for Service Excellence

2005
• Received JD Power & Associates Distinguished Hospital Award for Service Excellence
• 1st set of triplets
• Center for Weight Loss Surgery earns Center for Excellence status

2006
• Received JD Power & Associates Distinguished Hospital Award for Service Excellence
• Named one of Kentucky's Best Places to Work
• Named a Top 100 Hospital

2007
• Received JD Power & Associates Distinguished Hospital Award for Service Excellence
• Named one of Kentucky's Best Places to Work
• Groundbreaking for new Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East
• Named a 100 Top Hospital in the nation
• Cath Lab received Excellence through Insight Award

2008
• Record-breaking month for Women’s Services (200 babies born)
• Named one of Kentucky's Best Places to Work
• Received national chest pain center accreditation
• Named a 100 Top Hospital performance improvement leader in the nation

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