In the late 1940s, a group of community leaders had a vision for Hardin County and the surrounding region. Albeit theirs was then a much smaller and more rural community, these leaders saw the need to provide quality healthcare close to home.
Thanks to these leaders’ advocacy and support, voters backed a county bond issue in 1951 and three years later in 1954 the 81-bed Hardin Memorial Hospital opened its doors in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
More than a half a century later, what might have begun as a small community hospital, now cares for 400,000 residents across 10 Central Kentucky counties. The Hardin Memorial Health system includes a 300-bed acute care hospital and more than 45 additional locations throughout the region, providing primary care and 40 specialties including orthopedics, oncology, cardiology and more. While Hardin County Government still retains ownership, a management contract with Louisville-based Baptist Health provides valuable expertise in operations and leadership.
HMH remains critically important and keeps growing rapidly. The hospital’s new North Tower boasts 56 private, patient-centric rooms. More than 1,600 babies are born each year at HMH BirthPlace, ranking it 9th out of the 48 delivering Kentucky hospitals. BirthPlace also provides the region’s only level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with a highly trained team including two neonatologists providing 24-hour coverage. The HMH Emergency Department, the 4th busiest in the state, will undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation to better accommodate the more 65,000 patients seen there each year.
With more than 230 first-in-class physicians, many with long-standing ties to the region, coupled with a staff of more than 2,100, HMH prides itself on providing the highest level of care, treating patients like family because in many cases they are family!
The results of strong physicians, state of the art facilities and warm, friendly care, speak for themselves. The hospital has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® based on clinical processes and outcomes, patient safety, operational efficiency and financial stability. The hospital has also been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® Performance Improvement Leaders. Most recently, Becker’s Hospital Review named HMH one of the top 10 healthcare systems in the nation with strong finances.
The third largest employer in Hardin County, HMH offers over 2100 people from Central Kentucky challenging and interesting career opportunities.
Any way you look at it, today’s HMH is the one place for healthcare close to home.