Contact: Kate Darden, BHS Vice President, Marketing

Julie B. Wall, Markstein


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – September 25, 2014 – Baptist Health System (BHS) is pleased to announce Paige Connell as its executive director of the Baptist Health Foundation. With more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit executive management and fund development, Ms. Connell will provide great insight to the Foundation, which ensures that BHS has the charitable and community resources necessary to sustain its ministries that enhance the health, dignity and wholeness of those it serves.

Throughout her career, Ms. Connell has specialized in organizational growth and development and income diversification. While serving in various leadership roles, she has helped a number of health agencies to grow their income resources through marketing, strategic planning and public relations efforts, enabling them to better deliver their mission. Through targeted efforts, she has raised more than $20 million in support of various causes.

“We are thrilled to have such a talented member join the Baptist Health Foundation leadership team,” said Keith Parrott, CEO of BHS. “Paige has the skills, leadership and innovative thinking necessary to take our Foundation to the next level.”

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Connell served as the regional director for the Alabama Kidney Foundation, where she established the Birmingham regional office and increased its funding to meet the critical needs of kidney patients. She also served as the first executive director of the Central Alabama Cancer Wellness Foundation, where she firmly established the organization and built a foundation to position it for success by securing funds to meet its future needs.

Before joining the healthcare industry in 2002, Ms. Connell served as the director of advancement for the Alabama Wildlife Federation, as well as the executive director for Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education. She received her Bachelor of Science in political science and her master’s degree in public administration from Auburn University at Montgomery.

“The Baptist Health Foundation has a long-standing impact on our community. I am honored to serve such a reputable organization and to continue advancing its mission to provide better health for more people,” Ms. Connell said.

About Baptist Health Foundation

The Baptist Health Foundation, one of the nation’s first hospital foundations, was formed in 1966 to channel charitable contributions to support health care initiatives across Baptist Health System. The foundation supports Baptist Health System’s efforts to provide better health for more people. The generosity of grateful patients, friends and corporations support compassionate patient care, continuing education for doctors and nurses, and community-based wellness programs that directly benefit patients and the health of the communities that Baptist’s hospitals serve.

About Baptist Health System

Baptist Health System, a not-for-profit 501(c) corporation and one of the largest health systems in Alabama, owns four hospital campuses, including Princeton (in Birmingham), Shelby (in Alabaster), Walker (in Jasper) and Citizens (in Talladega) as well as the largest network of employed primary- and specialty-care physicians providing coordinated care across central Alabama. The system includes graduate medical education programs and active clinical research in multiple specialties. Baptist Health System is committed to providing compassionate, high-quality, innovative health care and empowering its communities to achieve their best health. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association, whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations. For more information please visit

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