The Medical Center Acquires Caverna Memorial Hospital


Doris Thomas, Vice President

Caverna Memorial Hospital, which has served the residents of Hart and surrounding counties since 1967, will become The Medical Center at Caverna effective January 1. The Medical Center at Caverna will continue to operate as a 25-bed, not-for-profit critical access hospital and provide needed access to healthcare for area residents.

On August 24, The Medical Center and Caverna Memorial Hospital announced that the boards of directors for both hospitals agreed to the acquisition by the Bowling Green – Warren County Community Hospital Corporation d/b/a The Medical Center with the transaction targeted for completion by the end of 2015. The Medical Center is a 337-bed, not-for-profit regional referral hospital located in Bowling Green.

With the addition of The Medical Center at Caverna to its family of hospitals, Commonwealth Health Corporation (CHC), the parent company of The Medical Center, now operates five acute care hospitals in Southcentral Kentucky including The Medical Centers at Bowling, Scottsville and Franklin and Commonwealth Regional Specialty Hospital. CHC employs over 3,300 healthcare workers with a medical staff that includes over 300 physicians. 

Two of CHC’s hospitals, The Medical Center at Franklin and The Medical Center at Scottsville, are critical access hospitals like The Medical Center at Caverna. “We recognize the importance of critical access hospitals and the significant role they play in providing local residents in rural communities with access to quality medical care,” said Connie Smith, President and CEO of The Medical Center and CHC. “We have been very successful in operating two critical access hospitals, and we look forward to bringing our experience to Hart County as we expand services and enhance the quality of care for area residents.”

“We are proud to become part of The Medical Center’s healthcare system and look forward to what the future holds for healthcare in Hart County,” said Alan Alexander, Vice President and Administrator of The Medical Center at Caverna.  “Caverna Memorial Hospital has served the residents of Hart and surrounding counties well over the past 48 years, and we can rest assured that starting this new chapter in our history as The Medical Center at Caverna will mean great things for the communities we serve.”

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