History & Tradition
A time of illness for you or a loved-one can be a turning point in your
life. It can be a time of crisis, sorrow, anxious concern, and an over-whelming
feeling of helplessness, but it is not something you have to endure alone.
Every day, dedicated Methodist Hospital employees provide healthcare of
the highest quality, in a professional, secure, compassionate environment.
From physicians to maintenance technicians, from nurses to housekeeping
assistants, our patients are provided an atmosphere of respect and treated
with dignity to facilitate the healing process physically, mentally, and
spiritually. In time of loss family and friends are provided comfort and
solace by a caring, well-trained staff.
Our Chaplaincy Services are always available to provide counseling and
comfort to patients and family members. When faced with difficult decisions,
Methodist Hospital's Chaplain Staff and its Chapel can be a source
of spiritual comfort and support.
Where We Started
The Henderson Hospital was originally constructed in the summer of 1944
by the United States Federal Works Agency under the Lanham Act. The 80-bed,
one-story, pavilion style (Figure 1), city county operated facility opened
in 1946. This facility served the hospital and community well and was
used in part to house valuable services including Out-Patient Surgery,
and the Child Care Center until August 31, 2005 when this section was
torn-down to make room for the new South Tower addition.
Changing with the Times
On August 16, 1948, the Hospital and approximately twenty-one acres of
property were purchased by The Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Inc. With
the financial and spiritual support of the Louisville Annual Conference
of the Methodist Church, ownership was transferred to the Methodist Hospital
of Henderson that eventually become known as "Community United Methodist
By 1963, it became apparent the one-story facility would not meet the needs
of the community and planning was initiated for development of a modern
multi-story acute care facility. This facility adopted a phased method
for planning and growth to meet community need. With the completion of
Phase VIII, the newly constructed, six-floor North Tower (Figure 2) addition,
and the 50th Anniversary celebration, the organization reclaimed the name
- Methodist Hospital.
The 1946 Hospital was demolished in August, 2005 to pave the way for construction
of the South Tower providing for replacement of the hospital on this accessible
community location overlooking the beautiful Ohio River.