February 15, 2019 by John Fernandez and Tanya Racoobian
Bethesda Health Becomes Part of Baptist Health South Florida (Video)
With the goal of expanding access to high-quality, compassionate healthcare across the region, Boynton Beach-based Bethesda Health has merged with Baptist Health South Florida. The union is a culmination of more than two years of due diligence.
Sharing a not-for-profit mission, Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West become part of the largest healthcare organization in the region. Baptist Health South Florida is now comprised of 10 hospitals, more than 40 physician practices and approximately 50 outpatient facilities as well as internationally renowned centers of excellence in Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
(Video: Brian E. Keeley, president and chief executive officer of Baptist Health and Roger Kirk, chief executive officer of Bethesda Health, explain what this merger means for the South Florida community.)
“Our organizations share similar values and a steadfast commitment to providing quality healthcare to our patients,” said Brian E. Keeley, president and chief executive officer of Baptist Health. “Together, as not-for-profit mission-driven organizations, we will enhance our capabilities and carry out our common goal of providing compassionate, patient-focused comprehensive care to our community.”
Roger Kirk, chief executive officer of Bethesda Health, affirms Bethesda’s commitment to serving Palm Beach County for years to come. “During these ever-changing times in the healthcare industry, hospitals across the country are positioning themselves to strengthen their capabilities in patient care and enhance their resources. This partnership with Baptist Health gives our community expanded access to healthcare services,” Mr. Kirk said.
Founded in 1959, Bethesda includes two not-for-profit hospitals, 401-bed Bethesda Hospital East and 80-bed Bethesda Hospital West. Bethesda Health and its affiliates offer a full array of healthcare services, including the Bethesda Heart Hospital for the most comprehensive level of cardiovascular services; general, vascular and endovascular surgery; maternity, neonatal and pediatric intensive care; women’s health services and the Bethesda Comprehensive Cancer Center.