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History of Saint Joseph London

Dr. H.V. Pennington founded the hospital in 1926, giving London the most modern hospital in Southeastern Kentucky.  It was the only facility between Lexington, Kentucky, and Knoxville, Tennessee, to be located in a building specifically to house a hospital.

In 1946 Pennington General Hospital was purchased by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, a religious community in Nazareth, Kentucky.  The facility was given a new name - Marymount Our Lady of the Mountain. Planning for a new hospital began in the 1960's and the new facility opened in 1971. A $7.8 million construction and expansion of the hospital was completed in 1986 with the addition of a new patient tower.  In 1993, a renovation / expansion project was completed that added more than 29,000 square feet of additional space to the existing facility. Since that time, millions of dollars have been spent to expand our emergency department, build additional catheterization labs and completely renovate our nursery and obstetric department.

For more than fifty years the Sisters of Charity owned and operated Marymount until it was realized that the changing health care environment would require greater resources to develop programs, structures and services in the next century.  For these reasons, Marymount was consolidated with other Catholic health care facilities into Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) in September 1998.  Today, CHI is a national non-profit health corporation based in Denver, Colorado.  The CHI system includes 72 hospitals; 42 long-term care, assisted and independent living and residential facilities; and two community-based health organizations located in 19 states. Together, our facilities provided almost $480 million in community benefit in the 2007 fiscal year, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With approximately 65,000 employees and annual revenues of $7.7 billion, Catholic Health Initiatives ranks as the second largest Catholic health system in the United States.

In 2008, Marymount Medical Center underwent yet another change.  CHI hospitals in Bardstown, Berea, Lexington, London, Martin and Mt. Sterling, Kentucky merged to create the Saint Joseph Health System.  The ability to apply lessons learned from each of our facilities will enhance the quality of care we provide across our new system.  By honoring the people and accomplishments of our past, Saint Joseph London will build an even stronger ministry that continues the legacy the Sisters passed on to us.


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