Baptist Medical Center CEO Bobbie Ware announced Brenda Howie's promotion to chief nursing officer. read more »
Through Baptist's employee giving program called "Carry the Mission" an Automated External Defibrillators (AED) was purchased for Kosciusko Junior High School. After one of the students collapsed, Baptist was able to help by getting more people CPR trained and donated a new AED to the school. read more »
Baptist Medical Center is accredited as a Comprehensive Center for bariatric surgery by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), in partnership with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). read more »
Each year, Baptist Cancer Services celebrates life on the first Sunday in June. This year's annual Cancer Survivors Day took place on June 4, 2017 with approximately 100 survivors attending. read more »
Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., received the nation’s top honor for nursing excellence called “Magnet.” Only seven percent of hospitals in America have been granted Magnet recognition and Baptist is the only hospital in Mississippi to receive this designation. The Magnet Recognition Program® is given by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, to hospitals satisfying a set of criteria designed to measure quality patient care and professional nursing practice. listen/watch »
Baptist for Women sponsored the Junior League of Jackson’s Mistletoe Luncheon with special guest Joan Lunden. The former Good Morning America anchor and now breast cancer survivor. But, the icing on all this cake was watching breast cancer patients and survivors participating in the Belk fashion show at the luncheon. listen/watch »
What is atrial Fibrillation? It is commonly known as Atrial Fib? Who is at risk? Electrophysiologist James Hamilton, MD, with Baptist Heart, explains this on the WLBT news program. Atrial fibrillation (AF or A-fib) is an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by rapid and irregular beating. Often it starts as brief periods of abnormal beating which become longer and possibly constant over time. Most episodes have no symptoms. Occasionally there may be heart palpitations, fainting, shortness of breath, or chest pain. The disease is associated with an increased risk of heart failure, dementia, and stroke. listen/watch »
In today’s podcast, surgeon Scott Berry, MD, of Surgical Clinic Associates discusses breast cancer. He covers warning signs, preventative measures, and steps to take. Dr. Berry also explains the partnership and convenience of Baptist’s Breast Health and Surgical Centers. (Length 10:13) listen/watch »
At Baptist Health Systems, we define quality in a variety of ways including clinical quality of care, credentials, and patient experience. As a patient, you might see quality of your medical services defined by the cleanliness of the facility or how a health care employee cared for you during your medical visit.
Increasingly, more organizations provide information about the quality of care at hospitals to help patients make more informed decisions. We are dedicated to serving as a quality leader both locally and nationally by supporting the use of valid, reliable data to assure the delivery of optimal patient care. We collect data about our patients, their treatments and their outcomes. This data helps us to understand what we are doing that is working and where we might improve our practices for the best possible patient outcomes.
Baptist voluntarily participates in a variety of measurements for health care quality. For patients and their loved ones, the following information gives you an overview of how Baptist measures quality.
Baptist voluntarily provides information to a number of outside organizations that report healthcare quality. Some of these include the following.
• HealthGrades HealthGrades is an independent healthcare ratings organization, providing ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes and physicians to consumers, corporations, health plans and hospitals. It is a for-profit organization listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Baptist has been the frequent recipient of numerous quality recognitions from Healthgrades. See our full listing of HealthGrades recognitions.
• Hospital Compare This website is a joint effort of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA). The HQA is a public-private collaboration established to promote reporting on hospital quality of care. The HQA consists of organizations representing consumers, hospitals, doctors, employers, accrediting organizations, and Federal agencies.
Baptist seeks accreditation from a number of organizations committed to healthcare quality. Among these are The Joint Commission (JC), the nation's largest health care regulating organization. Baptist Medical Center has been granted Magnet™ status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). See our full list of accreditations and certifications.
In addition to overall accreditation for Baptist Medical Center, many of our specialized programs have earned quality awards and certifications. Many of these are a result of meeting or exceeding stringent criteria from evidence-based best practices, and on-site reviews by experts in their fields of practice.
Baptist requires board certification for physicians to remain on its active medical staff. Board-eligible and board-certified physicians have been trained in their specialized areas of medicine. They have practiced for a specific period of time and passed a written or oral examination.
Learn more at www.ama-assn.org.
Patients define their satisfaction both in terms of medical care outcomes and the level of personal care they receive.
At Baptist, we measure patient experience using NRC Picker. These results are reported publicly and measure patient experience across the continuum of care. Additionally, Baptist Medical Center has been recognized by Healthgrades with its Outstanding Patient Experience Award for 2 Years in a Row (2015-2016).
See video patient testimonials at "What Our Patients Say."
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