Formed in November 1990 by the merger of Research Health Services and Baptist Health Systems.
Viewed, to some degree, as the system of the "common man," an image it has helped spread. In 1993, a local newspaper's profile of system Chief Executive Officer Richard Brown was headlined "Working-class CEO: Healthcare strategist's blue-collar roots help him maintain his humble demeanor."
Operates 10 acute-care hospitals with 1,856 staffed beds, making it the nation's eighth-largest secular, not-for-profit system. Expects to complete its acquisition of Park Lane Medical Center later this year.
Has 26% of admissions in the 10-county market, according to American Hospital Association figures. Its various affiliates account for about 20% of the market.