A Strong Foundation
From our roots in behavioral health to our groundbreaking partnership with leading real estate investment trust Ventas, Ardent has earned a reputation as one of the industry’s strongest – and most innovative – hospital operators. Since 2001, Ardent has invested more than $835 million in raising the standard of care in the communities we serve.
|2018:||East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System acquired in partnership with The University of Texas System to form 10-hosptial UT Health East Texas.|
|2017:||St. Francis Health (Topeka, Kansas) acquired and renamed The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus (JV with The University of Kansas Health System)|
|2017:||LHP Hospital Group, Inc. acquired, adding five hospitals operated as joint ventures with leading not-for-profit and academic medical centers.|
|2015:||Ardent acquired by Ventas, Inc. a leading real estate investment trust.
Equity Group Investments acquired majority ownership of Ardent’s hospital operations; Ventas and the Ardent management team retained significant ownership.
|2014:||Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital (Tulsa, Oklahoma) acquired.|
|2013:||BSA Health System (Amarillo, Texas) acquired.|
|2012:||Lovelace Regional Hospital Roswell (Roswell, New Mexico) acquired.|
|2011:||Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center (Albuquerque, New Mexico) acquired.
Hillcrest Hospital South (Tulsa, Oklahoma) and Hillcrest Hospital Claremore (Claremore, Oklahoma) acquired.
|2009:||Construction on $69 million Oklahoma Heart Institute (Tulsa, Oklahoma) is completed.
Ardent is selected to participate in CMS’ bundled payment demonstration.
|2006:||Bailey Medical Center (Owasso, Oklahoma), first de novo hospital, opens.|
|2005:||Behavioral hospitals sold to support Ardent’s acute care focus.|
|2004:||Hillcrest HealthCare System (Tulsa, Oklahoma) acquired.|
|2003:||Lovelace Health System (Albuquerque, New Mexico) acquired.|
|2001:||Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe became majority owner.
David Vandewater appointed president & CEO.
|1993:||Ardent founded as Behavioral Healthcare Corporation, an owner and operator of psychiatric hospitals.|