The affiliation agreement between Methodist Hospital and Deaconess Health
System is now final. This affiliation will bring about a shared focus
on enhancing local care in western Kentucky by improving access to high
quality services, standardizing care protocols, integrating electronic
medical records, and improving quality and efficiencies throughout Methodist Hospital.
Some of the key points of this affiliation include:
- Deaconess Health System taking a minority ownership in Methodist Hospital, at 33.3%.
- Clinical expertise and alignment that will enable Methodist Hospital to
expand local services—both in Henderson and Union Counties. The
affiliation, which will improve access to physicians and expand other
local services, will result in better, more accessible care close to home.
- The implementation of Epic, the nation’s most widely-used EMR, providing
local patients with one health record, accessible with all their physicians
and providers. This will be at a substantial cost savings than if Methodist
Hospital implemented Epic independently.
- Deaconess making an investment in renovating the emergency department at
Methodist Hospital Union County, a much needed upgrade.
- Deaconess entering into a new lease arrangement with Methodist Hospital.
Deaconess Clinic Henderson offices will be leasing space in what is currently
shell space on the first floor of the south tower. Deaconess will invest
in upgrades to this space to bring our Deaconess Clinic Henderson physicians
into one location. If patients need lab, radiology and other services,
they can be conveniently accessed at Methodist Hospital.
- The new affiliation’s legal entity name will be Methodist Health,
Inc.; however, the Methodist Hospital logo and branding will remain unchanged,
but will include a new tag line, “A Deaconess Network Affiliate.”
Leadership of both Methodist Hospital and Deaconess are committed to providing
these improvements to ensure patients will have access to the quality
health care they need in western Kentucky.
“Methodist Hospital has a long history of caring for people here
in western Kentucky. Because of this affiliation, that tradition will
continue and strengthen,” said Benny Nolen, President and CEO, Methodist
Hospital. “We know clinical alignment will advance our efforts to
provide quality, compassionate care to the communities we serve. This
affiliation will also strengthen the ability of our hospitals in both
Henderson and Union Counties to meet the needs of patients now and in
“We look forward to working closely with Methodist Hospital physicians,
leaders and staff to make our affiliation beneficial to both organizations’
patients and employees,” said Shawn McCoy, CEO of Deaconess Health
System. “On behalf of Deaconess, we welcome Methodist Hospital as
a new affiliate, and look forward to working together to improve the health
of the people in western Kentucky.”