In July of 1946, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky purchased what was then called Pennington General Hospital in London, Kentucky and assumed its leadership. Renamed Marymount – Our Lady of the Mountain, the mission of the sisters was to extend the healing ministry of Christ bringing quality health care to the poor and underserved of rural Kentucky. In 1997, Marymount, along with seven other Kentucky facilities, became part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and in 2008 those same eight facilities formed Saint Joseph Health System. At that time the hospital name was changed to Saint Joseph – London.
An 18-member volunteer board of directors governs CHI Saint Joseph Health, its facilities and operations, including Saint Joseph London, with this purpose:
The mission of Catholic Health Initiatives is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research. Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.
As a ministry of the Catholic Church, we will lead the transformation of health care to achieve optimal health and well-being for the individuals and communities we serve, especially those that are poor and vulnerable.
During 2015-2016, Saint Joseph London conducted a community health needs assessment (CHNA) to support its mission to enhance the health of people in the communities it serves by identifying health needs in these communities and prioritizing the allocation of hospital resources to meet those needs. Additionally, the completion of this report and subsequent approval and adoption by the CHI Saint Joseph Health Board of Directors complies with CHNA requirements mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and federal tax-exemption requirements. This report will be made public and widely-available on or before June 30, 2016 and will cover July 1, 2016-June 30, 2019.
To easily share the information in this CHNA, we have created a one-page infographic to communicate the needs we identified. Please see the links below for the full report and the infographic flier.
Saint Joseph London will use the findings in the community health needs assessment to guide the coordinated efforts in addressing the identified health priorities. The efforts to address these identified health priorities will be described in an accompaniment to this document known as Saint Joseph London's Implementation Strategies. This will be made public and widely available no later than November 15, 2016 and will guide work through June 30, 2019.