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Centennial Moments

  • 2011

    Baptist Trinity Hospice House and Center for Good Grief

    On October 29, 2011, Baptist celebrated the first anniversary of the area's first residential hospice, the Baptist Trinity Hospice House, and the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief, a comprehensive bereavement center located adjacent to the Hospice House. The 24-bed Hospice House has served more than 178 patients and their

  • 2001

    Baptist Heart Institute Opens

    The Baptist Heart Institute opens at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.

  • 1912

    First Baby Born at Baptist

    On August 9, 1912, Mrs. Frank Sherman Vories gives birth to the first baby born at Baptist Hospital, Luella Baptista.

  • 1999

    Baptist Collierville Opens

    Baptist opens a new affiliate hospital in Collierville, Tennessee.

  • 1979

    Baptist Memorial Hospital-East Opens

    Baptist Memorial Hospital-East opens as a 400-bed satellite hospital in rapidly growing East Shelby County, Tennessee.

  • 1996

    Mid-South's First Successful Implant of Heart Transplant Device

    Baptist is the site of the Mid-South's first successful implant of a device designed to help keep heart transplant candidates alive while waiting for a donor heart.

  • 2001

    Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women Opens

    Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, one of only a few freestanding women's hospitals in the country, opens on the Baptist Memphis campus.

  • 1977

    Elvis Presley Pronounced Dead

    On August 16, Elvis Presley, arriving at Baptist one final time, is pronounced dead.

  • 1988

    Baptist DeSoto Opens

    Baptist opens an affiliate hospital in DeSoto County, Mississippi.

  • 2005

    Baptist's Downtown Building Demolished

    At 6:45 a.m. on November 6, Baptist's old 21-story building downtown, which had been closed for five years, is demolished. The implosion takes 21 seconds.

  • 1956

    Madison East Addition Opens

    The new 13-story Madison East addition opens, bringing the hospital bed capacity to 800. Baptist becomes the first hospital in the region to offer air conditioning and the first hospital in America built predominantly with private patient rooms.

  • 1947

    Automatic Elevators Installed

    Baptist is one of the first hospitals in the country to install automatic elevators.

  • 1967

    Union East Opens

    The 18-story Union East addition opens, bringing the hospital's bed capacity to 1,825.

  • 1920s

    East Wing Opens

    A new east wing with 100 beds is completed and Baptist becomes the largest privately owned hospital in the South.

  • 1958

    Baptist Medical Building Opens

    The Baptist Medical Building, a 10-story office building for doctors, opens at the corner of Dudley and Monroe streets.

  • 1997

    Baptist Merges with St. Joseph Hospital

    Baptist announces plans for a $400 million expansion project, and a merger begins with Memphis' St. Joseph Hospital.

  • 1912

    Baptist Memorial Hospital Opens

    On July 22, 1912, the 150-bed Baptist Memorial Hospital, built at a cost of $235,000, opens its doors for the first time.

  • 1959

    Regional Rehabilitation Center Established

    Baptist is the first Mid-South hospital, and among the first 10 in the nation, to establish a satellite unit, the Regional Rehabilitation Center.

  • 1960s

    The Chapel and Arthur Harris

    "The Chapel," as it was simply known, was one of the most beloved spaces in Baptist Memorial Hospital. It was a beautiful place, outlined in burled walnut walls and pews, with a beautifully carved podium standing before a gold cross and stained glass background. It was the place that held the capping services for student nurses, where

  • 2003

    First in Mid-South to Own da Vinci

    Baptist becomes the first hospital in the Mid-South to own a new robotic surgery device called da Vinci.

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Centennial Heroes

  • <h2>Stephen C. Reynolds succeeded Joseph Powell as president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care in 1994. (1994 – Present)</h2>
Stephen Reynolds is highly regarded in the national, regional and local business and health care communities for both his amazing accomplishments and his tremendous personal character. His dedication to enhancing health care across the nation and to caring for the patients Baptist Memorial serves across the Mid-South is recognized by both his peers and his fellow Baptist Memorial colleagues. Under his guidance, Baptist Memorial has grown to become one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the United States and one of the top-rated integrated health care delivery systems in the country. He has achieved these goals while keeping the organization true to its not-for-profit mission, which mirrors the three-fold ministry of Christ-preaching, teaching and healing.
Mr. Reynolds oversees a complex and far-reaching health care system at Baptist Memorial - one that includes 14 hospitals in Tennessee and Mississippi, as well as minor medical centers, hospices, behavioral health centers, clinics and a number of other entities. During his tenure, Baptist has added many advanced services and facilities to serve the Mid-South, including the Baptist Heart Institute, which, according to a leading health care ratings organization, houses Memphis' No. 1 heart surgery program; and Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, which won a Citation of Merit as part of the American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize(tm).  In 1995, the Baptist College of Health Sciences was established under his leadership, and to date, has prepared more than 1,000 people to enter health care careers.
Always mindful of our organization's Southern Baptist roots, Mr. Reynolds has extensively expanded Baptist's pastoral care program, which now includes 250 volunteer and employed chaplains who provide guidance and prayers in times of need. The pastoral care department also maintains a Web site that receives prayer requests from around the world, produces literature for patients and oversees a number of charitable efforts.
Mr. Reynolds also has held a number of high-profile titles in national organizations. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Healthcare Institute board member and former chair, vice chair of the National Quality Forum's National Patient Safety Task Force, a former VHA Inc. board member and past chair of the National Committee for Quality Health Care.
Despite serving in numerous national leadership roles, Mr. Reynolds has continued to stay actively involved right here in the Mid-South. He is a past chairman of the board of the Memphis-area Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, and the Memphis chapter of the American Heart Association. He is the National Secretary of Ducks Unlimited Inc., and sits on the boards of Memphis Tomorrow and Dixon Gallery and Gardens.
While it is Stephen C. Reynolds' outstanding career accomplishments that perhaps speak loudest, it is his personal character that truly distinguishes him. He is a strong man of God who brings the highest integrity, morals and ethics to each endeavor, whether professional or private.
    Stephen C. Reynolds

    Stephen C. Reynolds succeeded Joseph Powell as president and CEO of Baptist Memorial...

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Daily Bread

  • Psalm 31:24

    Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.