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In January 1969, Franklin Simpson Memorial Hospital opened its doors, but by the turn of the century, the hospital was struggling. In 2000, Simpson County Fiscal Court entered into contract negotiations with Commonwealth Health Corporation (CHC) for acquisition of the hospital. Following acquisition, the hospital was renamed The Medical Center at Franklin to reflect it's flagship, sister hospital, The Medical Center at Bowling Green.

Since the acquisition, The Medical Center at Franklin has flourished. The Franklin Medical Plaza opened in 2001 to provide space for multiple specialty physicians to rotate through.

In 2004, the hospital attained Joint Commission Accreditation for the first time in the hospital's history. The Medical Center at Franklin has made tremendous investments into the services and physical upgrades to the facility. In December 2007, a $5 million expansion and renovation project was completed that featured a new 25-bed patient care wing. In April 2010, construction of the Franklin Medical Pavilion, a 17,633-square-foot, $3.4 million, medical office building, was completed. With these expansions, The Medical Center at Franklin is positioned to provide state-of-the-art care to southern Kentucky and northern Tennessee for many years to come.

Learn more about the history of The Medical Center at Franklin's parent company, Commonwealth Health Corporation, with our history presentation.