Our History

Both old and new, big and small, there are many views of the countryside surrounding Bowling Green, Kentucky. The rich texture of our history can be felt behind the polished face of high technology in schools, businesses, institutions and homes throughout the region. There is no better realization of this area’s composite mix of high personal values and professional expertise than TriStar Greenview’s facility and staff. Approximately 140 affiliated physicians administer more than thirty medical and surgical specialties.

Open in September, 1972, with a 175-bed capacity, TriStar Greenview was one of the earliest Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) facilities. In the ensuing decades, the facility has established a pattern of effective service and constant growth. Continuing admission pressures created several major expansion projects. The first, in 1981, increased the size of the Outpatient Department and other ancillary services. The next expansion in 1982 added a fifth floor and brought bed capacity to 211.

Leading the expanded application of medical technology at TriStar Greenview in 1983, a $1.3 million full-body CT scanner was installed at The Imaging Center. The middle of the decade proved to be a time of great increases in the number and scope of services available at TriStar Greenview. Opened in 1985, the Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratory began providing an alternative to surgical exploration, analysis and treatment of the heart and associated circulatory vessels. The Emergency Department was added, providing full-service immediate access to all emergency services. Also in 1985, the Same Day Surgery Center was built, giving the hospital a total of 10 surgical suites for both out-and inpatient services. The suites handle general surgery, thoracic, vascular, orthopaedic, neurological, gynecological, urological, ophthalmic and ENT surgeries.

An investment of $3.7 million in 1990 allowed another expansion of The Imaging Center, Emergency Department and the Physical Therapy Department. That same year, the hospital began offering Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services and added new technology through the urological laser (lasertripsy).

In 1991, Lithotripsy services were introduced in the Stone Treatment Center and a Cardiac Program, which included construction of a dedicated Cardiac Catheterization Lab, was also introduced. A new Emergency/Outpatient Department opened in August 1991. The Sleep Disorders Center also opened in 1991. The Center identifies, diagnoses and recommends treatment for such sleep-related breathing disorders as sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, oxygenation problems and nocturnal myoclonus. Our medical staff physicians offer specific counsel in the areas of neurology, otolaryngology (ENT) and pulmonology.

The year 1996 began with the installation of a new, ultra fast computed tomography “slip ring” scanner which greatly speeds up and adds to the range of diagnostic imaging procedures.

A number of new services were introduced in 1997: Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) – a clinical densitometer for measuring bone density; Neoprobe ® 1000 - helps surgeons find the first place in the lymph system which a patient’s cancer may have spread; The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center – offers the latest in research-based treatment; Brachytherapy – prostate cancer treatment, which can eliminate more invasive surgery by the use of radioactive “seeds” or pellets implanted directly into the prostate gland to treat cancer.

In the late 1990’s, TriStar Greenview continued to lead the way in updating technology and treatment in the region. A Bowling Green ophthalmologist performed the first intra-ocular bifocal lens implant in Warren county at TriStar Greenview. We were the first hospital between Louisville and Nashville to use the Excimer laser in performing Photo Refractive Keratotomy (PRK). A Special procedures area in the Diagnostic Imaging Center allowed angiograms and interventional vascular procedures to be performed. The Mammotome Breast Biopsy System, which inserts a thin computer guided needle to remove tissue specimens with little discomfort was introduced in 1998. TriStar Greenview was the first hospital in the region to utilize the Indigo Laser Optic Treatment System for men with enlarged prostates that are benign.

Entering the new millennium, the H2U Chapter celebrated the opening of its own center, complete with hardwood floors for aerobics and line dancing activities. TriStar Greenview launched a new web site, TriStarGreenviewRegional.com, featuring thousands of pages of health information, job opportunities, local news, and community events. Also that year, a “dry” Lithotripsy table was installed for treatment of kidney stones. The Storx ® table uses little water, allowing patients quicker access to Lithotripsy. A $1 million Cardiac Catheterization Lab was added, offering sharper images and state of the art treatment.

In 2001, TriStar Greenview opened its 42,000 square foot Physicians Specialty Center. The Physicians Specialty Center is the home to a variety of physicians’ offices, including family practice, internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, urology, gastroenterology, neurosurgery, and hematology offering easy access for both patients and physicians to hospital-based services. The atrium of the Physicians Specialty Center was renovated to serve as our Outpatient Registration Waiting Area – complete with a canopied drop-off and pick up area; and a private registration area.

TriStar Greenview has a state-of-the-art 64-slice CT Imaging System from GE® Medical Systems – offering patients the world's finest CT technology. The GE® Lightspeed is so advanced it produces the clearest CT images at a rate four times faster than previous CT scanners. This means an easier, more comfortable CT exam measured in seconds rather than minutes. RadioFrequency Ablation is available to TriStar Greenview patients. RadioFrequency Ablation, or RFA, is a thin probe used to create heat in a specific location to kill cancer cells. The patient is sedated for the procedure, but afterwards he or she feels little or no pain and only a mark that can be compared to a mosquito bite.

Patients treated at TriStar Greenview Emergency Services Department can count on experienced physicians, nurses and techs for quality, individual care delivered with compassion and respect. TriStar Greenview was the first area hospital to offer bedside registration, reducing wait times. As part of the TriStar family of hospitals, TriStar Greenview is part of the area's only Chest Pain Network, employing a Chest Pain protocol that ensures faster, better treatment for potential heart attacks including cardiac catheterization, coronary angioplasty and stenting. TriStar Greenview also features an advanced stroke prevention and treatment program, an After-Hours Clinic, where patients can meet their family physician, and an Infusion Clinic, to meet a variety of needs. All of these advancements result in greater efficiencies – meaning reduced wait times for our patients.

Through advancements in technology our Surgical Services Department provides quality for patients and ensures they return to their normal routines as quickly as possible. TriStar Greenview introduced south central Kentucky to capsule endoscopy – an innovative way of viewing the small intestines using a tiny camera inside a harmless pill. This non-invasive procedure enables physicians to examine the small intestine for early detection and diagnosis of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract while enabling the patient to go about his or her normal daily activities. The StealthStation® treatment guidance system offers revolutionary, next generation 3D imaging technology to guide surgeons through complicated operative procedures, including neurological, spinal orthopaedic and ears/nose/throat surgeries. As a result, patients may have significantly shortened operating times, reduced surgical invasiveness and faster recoveries.