In Hopkins County, Trover Health System has merged with Louisville's Baptist Health.
The partnership was announced last Fall, but now we're finding out just what it means for patients.
Trover will now be known as Baptist Health Madisonville, and officials expect a smooth transition that will only benefit their patients.
New signs and logos are making the merger official.
"It's an opportune time for them to come in and be the first ones with our new logo out front and I saw it today and it looked beautiful," said CEO and President of Baptist health Tommy Smith.
Smith says this partnership is years in the making and with changes in the healthcare industry, both sides did their research on each other and thought this was a good fit.
"We probably know more about Trover Health than they know about themselves, and vice versa," Smith told 14 News.
"We felt like that it was just not in our best interest to stand alone and so we made the decision to seek out a partner with a similar mission, vision, and goals," said Baptist Health Madisonville President Bert Whitaker.
Some of the benefits include improved facilities, advanced technology, and more physicians. Whitaker says now they're one of seven Baptist hospitals in Kentucky and resources are more readily available.
"We are now a statewide organization," he noted. "Perhaps there is a physician in the eastern part of the state that would rather come to the western part of the state as they're being recruited."
So, how will this affect day to day operations with employees and patients? Whitaker says there won't be any drastic changes.
"I think our patients will enjoy some growing security and stability in services."
Soon, there will be a couple major changes including a new smoking ban that takes effect the first of next year and also an expansion project worth nearly $2 million.
Friday at 11:00, there's a public event at the hospital to learn more about the merger and there will be free health screenings and free giveaways. That event will be held in the lobby of the Heart and Vascular Building.
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