About Hardin Memorial Health

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About HMH

HMH is an integrated system of providers and facilities serving approximately 400,000 residents in 10 Central Kentucky counties (Hardin, LaRue, Meade, Breckinridge, Grayson, Nelson, Hart, Bullitt, Green and Taylor).

The 300-bed hospital in Elizabethtown, Kentucky includes 270 acute care, 15 psychiatric and 15 skilled nursing beds.  Additionally, HMH includes 45+ outpatient facilities across the service area including a Cancer Care Center and Outpatient Surgical Center.  There are over 300 physicians in over 40 specialties and primary care including Hospitalists available 24/7, Emergency and Urgent Care; Cancer, Cardiac, Rehab and Therapy Services; Medical and Surgical Services; Pulmonary Care, Diagnostic Imaging, Ear, Nose and Throat, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Obstetrics including a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NCIU) and Pediatrics.

In 2016, HMH performed 400,000+ outpatient procedures, admitted over 13,500 patients, operated the 4th busiest Emergency Department with an annual volume of 70,000+ and the 11th busiest newborn delivery unit in Kentucky with 1,622 births.

With 2,389 employees and an active volunteer corps of 119, Hardin Memorial Hospital is the third largest employer in Hardin County.


The mission of Hardin Memorial Health is to exceed the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our patients, their families, our physicians, and our staff through the delivery of high-quality, comprehensive care to the people and communities we serve.


Hardin Memorial Health will be the health system of choice in the communities we serve through the relentless pursuit of quality improvement.


Hardin Memorial Health will live out its mission and achieve its vision guided by: Respect, Integrity, Collaboration, Excellence, and Stewardship.


HMH opened its doors in February 1954 thanks to the vision, hard work and perseverance of the Elizabethtown Lions Club. Because of Elizabethtown’s proximity to the large healthcare systems in Metro Louisville and because Hardin County, Kentucky is geographically large and the surrounding areas very rural, many residents did not think our region needed, could afford or sustain a hospital.  However, civic leadership prevailed and HMH opened with 81 beds, 61 employees and 24 medical staff at a cost of $1,000,000.

Today, the citizens of Hardin County still own our independent, not-for-profit system and Hardin County Fiscal Court members serve as the Board of Trustees.  However, HMH receives no tax revenue.  Since 1997, HMH has been managed by Baptist Health, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

Senior Leadership

Dennis Johnson
President and CEO


Tom Carrico
Vice President, Operations
and Chief Information Officer

Myra Covault
Vice President and
Chief Human Resources Officer

John Godfrey, MD
Vice President and
Chief Medical Officer

Tracee Troutt
Vice President and Chief
Development and Marketing Officer

Lennis Thompson
Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer

Sharon Wright
Vice President, Patient Care Services
and Chief Nursing Officer

Deanna Parker
Assistant Vice President,
Emergency Services

Sheila Smallwood
Assistant Vice President,
HMH Medical Group

Steve White
Assistant Vice President,