Princeton Baptist Medical Center celebrates 100 years of service to Central Alabama

Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham recently celebrated its 100th year of service to communities in Birmingham and central Alabama.

As the first of four Birmingham-area Baptist hospitals, Princeton originally opened on January 20, 1922, as a 90-bed infirmary. In the decades since, Princeton has grown to become a full-service medical center with 505 licensed beds and 53,000 patients annually.

The hospital has remained true to the principles on which it was founded, becoming a leader in cardiovascular, orthopedics and general surgery with sophisticated, high-acuity offerings.

As a teaching hospital, Princeton is also committed to contributing to the future of healthcare through its clinical research and medical residency programs. The next generation of medical leaders gain hands on experience with the hospital’s first-in-state and first-in-market technologies, among other services.

Princeton recently held a commemorative celebration honoring the history of its community impact. At the event, the hospital was presented with a Congressional Proclamation originally introduced on the floor of the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell.

“This was a wonderful occasion to celebrate Princeton’s long and distinguished legacy of caring for our community, as well as an opportunity to recognize and remember all the dedicated nurses, physicians, other caregivers and staff who have upheld our values and mission so honorably over the last 100 years,” said Mike Neuendorf, Chief Executive Officer of Princeton Baptist Medical Center.

“While the community around the hospital has changed many times in the last century, Princeton has remained an anchor, extending compassion and hope to those who need it most,” said Saum Sutaria, Chief Executive Officer of Tenet Healthcare. “Princeton has grown from a small infirmary to a sophisticated, top-notch medical center with an incredibly bright future ahead.”

Upcoming plans for growth include additional upgrades to operating rooms, a newly-renovated medical/surgical tower and plans for a major critical care expansion.

Princeton is one of five hospitals that are part of Brookwood Baptist Health, which is a joint venture between Tenet and Baptist Health System.