About Us

Our History

There was a time, decades ago, when one of the duties of Baptist's administrative residents involved looking after the hospital's financial investments. This involved a trip to a Mississippi farm to check on Baptist's most substantial investment - a prized bull. At Baptist, investments made with proceeds from non-patient revenue sources (such as parking fees and the gift shop) were a primary means for acquiring new technologies and launching new services. A. E. Jennings, the Mississippi planter who served as the hospital's first superintendent, sometimes invested his own funds as well. As a result of his foresight and vision, 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 a share of the Black Angus sire (which Baptist ultimately sold for $500,000).

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.

Quick Facts

  • Established in 1983
  • The fundraising arm of Baptist Memorial Health Care, a not-for-profit organization
  • Funds innovative research programs, equipment, health and wellness programs, and scholarships
  • Funded by gifts from individual donors, corporations, and other foundations
  • 100 percent of gifts donated are used for the intended purpose
  • Staff salaries are paid from interest earned by the endowment fund
  • The Charity Care Fund provides medication, equipment, meals, or transportation for Baptist patients
  • Employee Emergency Assistance fund helps employees who experience a crisis or tragedy
  • Innovative equipment, technological gift advancements, translational research and education tools


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