Baptist Health Paducah

Analyzing the needs of community and prioritizing the most efficient and effective road forward. Onward as one.

Incredible Impact

When anchor institutions like hospitals invest in ambitious projects, the impact they make for their communities is immeasurable. This impact is economic — they create jobs. The impact is cultural — they ensure a quality and way of life today and far into the future. The impact is personal — projects like this change and save lives unlike anywhere else. Leaders at Baptist Health Paducah are coming together with their communities to transform healthcare.


As a not-for-profit community hospital, the needs of our community come first. These projects are a direct result of analyzing those needs and prioritizing the most efficient and effective road forward.


  • Cancer Center Expansion
  • Urology Clinic Renovation
  • Heart Center Upgrades
  • Nursing Excellence
  • Mission Advancement
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♪ - [Woman]

Baptist is a huge part of the Paducah community involved in making our community better and making our community healthier.

- [Man]

I love Paducah. I'm from here, and I'm super fortunate to be back here practicing. This is exactly what I wanted to do.

- [Kenny]

We have a fantastic breadth of services here at Baptist Health Paducah, and the quality of those services is second to none. But I think the gratitude comes from seeing what we do for our patients and our communities every day, being able to treat our patients and their families with respect and kindness in their time of need, and being able to provide them the best quality care and have that impact on their lives at that time of need.

- [Jim]

Golf is a passion, and I'm not sure what my life would be like if I couldn't have golf in it. And anybody who knows me knows that, and obviously, my wife knows that and...

- [Brenda]

And Dr. Ward knew that, too.

- And Dr. Ward knew that. Early in the year, I was just kind of fighting a cough that wouldn't go away. And finally, thanks to my angel here, who really forced me to get with my primary care physician, Dr.

Ryan Hogancamp, and we did a CT. He called me, it was June 1st. He called me up the next day, and he said, "Well, Jim," he said, "you know, it shows you have a little emphysema. I don't think that's the case, but you've got an aortic aneurysm."

- I didn't have peace about it until we met with Dr. Ward. I knew we were in the right place in the right hands.

- [Dr. Ward]

Mr. Brown presented to me he had, had a previous aortic valve operation, and he developed an aneurysm, which is not that uncommon with the type of valve he had. And we talked through what the procedure would be to replace his aorta and treat his aneurysm in order to prevent a problem in the future. I'm really proud of our team.

I'm proud of the technology we have to offer here and the procedures that we can offer the people of this area so that they don't have to travel, and they can get world-class care right here at home.

- I am so grateful and so thankful for all the care that they gave him, but the care that they gave me too. They gave me my husband and our life together. ♪ [music]

♪ - [Angela]

I had a spontaneous coronary artery dissection, and it's where your artery, an artery in your heart, it comes apart, basically. And I was so grateful and so blessed that Dr. Faulkner, my primary physician, also took things seriously. I wouldn't be here today if not for that.

- [Tony]

After meeting Dr. Faulkner and being aware of what Baptist Health Paducah had to offer, there was no doubt in my mind we were at the right place. I have a love for the hospital. Once I became part of the foundation, as well as the hospital board, you get a better understanding of how the operations and the aspects of the hospital work.

But not only that, you want to make a difference in not only a patient's life, a physician's life, a hospital's life, but you want to make a difference in a community. We at Baptist Health have world-class physicians that love this community, love the hospital, they love the patients that they serve, and I want to continue to be part of that. ♪ [music]

♪ - [Dr. Locken]

With the current technology, we can target small tumors in the brain or in the lung, things that I would have never dreamed possible when I started doing this in the '80s. Most people are astounded when they see the oncology center that we have. Ray & Kay Eckstein were the major donors, but really, it was the whole community that supported this initiative. This hospital was built in 1953 through the philanthropy of the community.

We are here as a service to this community, so that's the only reason we exist. I would like to see Baptist Health Paducah endure for the good people of Western Kentucky.

- When you walk through the heart center, or the cancer center, or the NICU, or the mother-baby or labor and delivery, and you see the positive impact those relationships are having on patients, that is really the story.

- We grew up here. We know what kind of health care we have here, and supporting that type of health care in this community is essential. ♪ [music]

A Letter from the Chairman
Baptist Health Paducah

Mardie R. Herndon Jr.

Dear friend,

The word “communities” is in our mission and vision statements because serving our community is the reason Baptist Health exists. Since we opened our doors in 1953, Baptist Health has been and forever will be linked to the heart of our community. As the decades have passed, our services have grown, our capabilities have expanded, and our technology has advanced to meet the healthcare needs of western Kentucky.

Baptist Health is working to reimagine how to not only meet the immediate needs of our community, but to thoughtfully prepare for the future. There are numerous unprecedented challenges impacting the health of fellow citizens as well as the overall financial needs of our organization. As we adapt to the demands for service while embracing our foundational mission, the need for private community support has never been greater. It is with our community and through Christ-centered partnerships that we look toward the future with confidence and optimism.

This campaign signifies our hope to come together with our community and generous supporters to move, Onward as One, to providing the highest quality healthcare possible. Together, we can improve the future of healthcare for individuals across our region. By joining Baptist Health in supporting this campaign, we can make western Kentucky stronger and healthier than ever before. Your past support has been sincerely appreciated and wisely invested to serve our region. Will you please join us again as we move “Onward as One”?

We thank you for considering how to partner with us as we reimagine the future of healthcare and meet the needs of our entire region.

Mardie R. Herndon Jr.
Baptist Health Foundation Paducah
Board of Directors

“Quality healthcare is vital for the wellbeing of our region. A healthy community is a thriving community. Baptist Health Paducah is dedicated to the pursuit of ongoing medical advancement and I’m proud to play a role in that through the support of the foundation.”

Daniel Jones, Baptist Health Foundation Board Member

Access Innovation

  • Access Matters


    When life becomes unpredictable, the comfort in knowing help is nearby fills us with hope. Communities exist for this very reason, and so do community hospitals. However, real hope goes beyond proximity, it’s about people, it’s about the ability to pay and it’s about the highest level of care possible. Access to care is about everyone, every time.
  • Experiences are Personal

    Perhaps nothing is as personal as our health. Here we wrestle with all that we believe. We face emotional extremes, doubts, fears and even joy. When loved ones are facing a health crisis—action is taken to soothe and comfort their experience. It’s what makes us human. Healthcare is as much mental and spiritual as it is physical. Healing environments change experiences and they change outcomes.
  • Innovation Saves Lives


    Imagination and inspiration are real. They exist because problems exist. In healthcare, when breakthrough ideas produce breakthrough technologies, it’s a responsibility to ensure they’re available in our communities. Being given the best possible chance cannot be left up to chance, it must be tenaciously pursued.

Onward as One: Reimagining Health Together

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