Our History

Our History

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.

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.

Ardent Health Services

Ardent Health Services invests in quality health care. In people, technology, facilities and communities, Ardent makes considerable investments – producing high quality care and extraordinary results.

Contact Us

One Burton Hills Blvd.
Suite 250
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 296-3000