Tommy J. Smith, president and chief executive of Louisville-based Baptist Healthcare System, said Tuesday that he will retire in April 2013.
Smith led three of the Baptist system's hospitals, including Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, from 1980 to 1984.
A Baptist Healthcare board search committee will evaluate candidates for Smith's successor, according to a news release.
The Baptist Healthcare System owns five acute-care hospitals with more than 1,650 licensed beds in Louisville, Lexington, Paducah, Corbin and LaGrange. It also manages Hardin Memorial, a 300-bed acute-care hospital in Elizabethtown, and Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center, a 105-bed acute-care hospital in Richmond.