About Us

There was a time, decades ago, when Baptist's most substantial investment was a prized bull. A. E. Jennings, the Mississippi planter who served as the hospital's first superintendent and whose foresight saw the value in buying a share of the Black Angus Sire, sometimes invested his own funds as well. And with that, the foundation of the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation was laid during the 1940s and '50s and involved such far-ranging investments as a grocery store, a commercial shipping dock in Houston, and the aforementioned stud bull which Baptist ultimately sold for $500,000 to go towards new equipment and personnel.

There was a time, decades ago, when Baptist's most substantial investment was a prized bull. A. E. Jennings, the Mississippi planter who served as the hospital's first superintendent and whose foresight saw the value in buying a share of the Black Angus Sire, sometimes invested his own funds as well. And with that, the foundation of the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation was laid during the 1940s and '50s and involved such far-ranging investments as a grocery store, a commercial shipping dock in Houston, and the aforementioned stud bull which Baptist ultimately sold for $500,000 to go towards new equipment and personnel.

Today, Baptist Foundation strives to continue Mr. Jennings’ shrewd, and forward-looking, approach by investing in the wellbeing of our patients, the professional development of our employees, funding research and acquiring new technologies. Since its establishment in 1983, the Foundation has distributed more than $## in donated funds to the various programs and initiatives that help keep Baptist at the forefront of medicine.

Our Mission

Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation supports the Baptist Memorial Health Care System, which provides excellent care to patients in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. We partner together to develop the advancement of patient care, addressing current health issues, helping those most in need, and molding new generations of health care professionals. Building on a 103-year tradition of providing award winning care for patients from birth to the end of life, our passion is to raise funds and awareness for projects and services that encourage healthy behaviors and provide excellent health care for each of our patients and families. Our Baptist mission motivates our compassion, and strengthens our ability to reach above and beyond, and to truly transform what it means to be a heath care provider, while honoring our vision of the three-fold ministry of Christ - healing, preaching and teaching.

There will always be a student in need of scholarship money. A patient praying for a financial blessing. An out-of-town heart transplant patient who needs a hotel room. And thanks to our wonderful donors, there will always be a Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation to help them.

Annual Reports

Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation publishes an annual report highlighting the impact your generosity has on the lives of Baptist patients and employees throughout the system. Thank you for your continued support.

  • 2019 Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation Annual Report
  • 2018 Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation Annual Report
  • 2017 Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation Annual Report

Quick Facts

Established in 1983 as the fundraising arm of Baptist Memorial Health Care

A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization

Funded by gifts from individual donors, corporations, and other foundations

Funds innovative research programs, equipment, health and wellness programs, and scholarships

Supports technological upgrades, advanced equipment, translational research and education tools

Various funds provide medication, equipment, meals, or transportation for Baptist patients

Fully 100 percent of gifts donated are used for the intended purpose

Staff salaries are paid from interest earned by the endowment fund

Employee Emergency Assistance fund helps employees who experience a crisis or tragedy