About Us

Regarded as one of the premier health care systems in the nation, Baptist Memorial Health Care is an award-winning network dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality care for our patients.

Baptist History

Since our modest beginning in 1912 with a 150-bed hospital, Baptist has grown to meet the expanding needs of the communities we serve, at one point becoming the largest privately owned hospital in the nation.


In keeping with the three-fold ministry of Christ — Healing, Preaching and Teaching — Baptist Memorial Health Care is committed to providing quality health care.


To create an expert system of care in the Mid-South where love abounds so that God can do the impossible.


  • Compassionate care and service
  • Teamwork and trust
  • Innovation and excellence
  • Respect for the individual and the value of diversity

The doctors were great. I'm a technical person and like to know what's going on so I can do my own research. They answered all my questions and were very informative and accommodating.

Jacob Culbreath

Innovative Technology

Baptist Memorial Health Care regularly serves communities in the Mid-South by offering safe, integrated, patient-focused, high quality, innovative and cost-effective medical care. But serving a community is about more than just helping patients feel better. It's about helping entire communities become the best they can be.

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Our Commitment to Quality Patient Care

Excellent patient care is not about the quantity of patients treated. It’s not about how many people walk through our doors. Rather, Baptist Memorial Health Care views exceptional patient care as a strong commitment to quality. This means that we treat nationally recognized quality indicators as important benchmarks, and transparency is crucial to our success.

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Giving Back

At Baptist Memorial Health Care, we believe strongly in corporate citizenship and recognize the importance of collaboration with local organizations to build stronger and healthier communities.

Every year, Baptist contributes and provides in-kind services to hundreds of nonprofit organizations through programs, seminars, health fairs, board participation, events, employee engagement and more.

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Baptist Volunteer Opportunities

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at our Metro Memphis, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas hospital locations.


  • Jason Little

    Jason Little

    President and Chief Executive Officer

  • Paul DePriest, MD

    Paul DePriest, MD

    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

  • Zach Chandler

    Zach Chandler

    Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

  • Gregory M. Duckett

    Gregory M. Duckett

    Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

  • Bill Griffin

    Bill Griffin

    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

  • Nancy Averwater

    Nancy Averwater

    Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

  • Dr. Saju Joy, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, and Chief Physician Executive

    Dr. Saju Joy

    Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, and Chief Physician Executive

  • Ayoka Pond

    Ayoka Pond

    Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

  • David Elliott

    David Elliott

    Vice President of Managed Care and CEO of Baptist Health Services Group of the Mid-South

  • Rev. Keith Norman, Vice President and Chief Government Affairs and Community Relations Officer

    Keith Norman

    Vice President and Chief Government Affairs and Community Relations Officer

  • Mary Ellen Sumrall

    Mary Ellen Sumrall

    VP/Chief Nursing Executive and Chief Nursing Officer, Baptist Memphis

View our Leadership Team


Baptist has been recognized by numerous organizations throughout its history. View our most recent awards.