Retired VP & COO
Hardin Memorial Health
When Diane Logsdon was 11, the Elizabethtown native visited the newly opened Hardin Memorial Hospital. That visit shaped the rest of her life.
“That’s the day I knew I wanted to be part of the medical profession,” she said.
After graduating from Elizabethtown Catholic High School, she was part of the first nursing class of the University of Kentucky/Elizabethtown Community College. She later earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from St. Joseph’s College and a Master of Science in Systems Science (Health Systems) from the University of Louisville.
Diane began her career at Baptist Health Hardin as a nurse, served as Baptist Health Hardin’s first Planning Director and ultimately retired as Vice President and Chief Operations Officer after 45 years of service.
“As I grew, the hospital grew, and I witnessed how we helped so many people. If we didn’t have a hospital that wouldn’t have been possible,” she said.
Since her retirement, Diane has worked tirelessly to bring together a group of independent community leaders and get the Baptist Health Foundation Hardin up and running.
“A thriving Foundation will help continue the legacy of 60 years ago,” she said. “We’re investing now so this hospital will be fruitful for the next 60 years. We have to be just as progressive now as those leaders were then.”
Diane’s service doesn’t end with Baptist Health Hardin. Her involvement on civic boards and councils includes Hosparus of Central Kentucky, the Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties, Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission, AUSA, Fort Knox CORE Committee and more.
Her charitable efforts include the Lincoln Heritage Council BSA and the United Way.
Dianie is lifetime member of St. James Catholic Church. She and her late husband, Charlie, have a daughter and three grandchildren.