Saint Joseph Berea

Saint Joseph Berea, formerly Berea Hospital, began in 1898, as an eight-bed cottage on the Berea College campus in Berea, Kentucky. Now, Saint Joseph Berea is a 25-bed critical access hospital, which serves over 19,000 families. The hospital is known for providing excellence of care while utilizing advanced medical technology in a friendly, family-like atmosphere. The hospital includes Berea Family Medicine, Breast Center, Berea Specialty Clinic, Diabetes and Nutrition Center, Cardiovascular Services, Senior Renewal Center, Sleep Wellness Center, Surgical Services, and Wound Care Center.


True to its mission, Saint Joseph Berea is dedicated to the healing mission of the Church, emphasizing human dignity, social justice and the creation of healthier communities. Competence, commitment and dedication are the hallmarks of Saint Joseph Berea, which is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and licensed by the Kentucky Cabinet of Health Services. Memberships in the American and Kentucky Hospital Associations are also held.


Saint Joseph Berea Hospital is part of CHI Saint Joseph Health. An 18-member volunteer board of directors governs CHI Saint Joseph Health, its facilities and operations, including Saint Joseph Berea Hospital, with this mission:


Our mission

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.


Our vision

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.

Our core values

Nearly 700 employees, physicians, participating congregation members and board members from throughout Catholic Health Initiatives participated in the process of naming our core values. These values define CHI and serve as our guiding principles. They are the roots from which all of our activities, decisions and behaviors grow.



Profound respect and awe for all of creation, the foundation that shapes spirituality, our relationships with others and our journey to God.



Moral wholeness, soundness, fidelity, trust, truthfulness in all we do.



Solidarity with one another, capacity to enter into another’s joy and sorrow.



Demonstrating preeminent performance, becoming the benchmark, putting forth our personal and professional best.​