The new Baptist Medical Center Leake in Carthage, Miss. opened Monday, December 15, 2014. A ribbon-cutting and tours of the new facility took place on Thursday, December 11, 2014. read more »
Stroke patients and their loved ones plus caregivers are invited to the monthly stroke support group meetings. They are held the first Friday of each month. read more »
The American Cancer Society is pleased to announce Tonya Ball, BSN, RN, OCN, Bapist Cancer Services Navigator, has been recognized with the 2014 Patient Liaison Volunteer of the Year award. The honor is bestowed on one employee of a local hospital who goes above and beyond the requirements of their job in working with patients. read more »
Baptist received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. read more »
Baptist does not have a patient with the Ebola virus, nor have we at any time had a patient with the Ebola virus. Like many hospitals around the country, a patient might come to our facility with symptoms that may cause them to fear they have Ebola. This has happened at Baptist. We followed our preparedness plan when this occurred. It was determined the person did not have Ebola. The person was not admitted to Baptist, as there was no medical reason to do so read more »
OB/GYN Erica Tanner, MD, of Madison OB/GYN Associates discusses a mother’s first 12 weeks of pregnancy. She covers such topics as when to schedule the first appointment, when can you hear a heart beat, organ formation and development, activity levels, and diet. (07:23) listen/watch »
In this podcast, Neonatologist Thomas Soltau, MD covers the nutritional, physical, developmental, and psychological advantages of breastfeeding. Additionally, he touches on the fact that you are not alone. In addition to speaking about the professionals available to help you get acclimated, he mentions how the husband can get involved, as well. (18:23) 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. No hospital in Jackson has more 5-Star Ratings than Baptist Medical Center in 2015, as recognized by 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. See our full list of accreditations and certifications.
In addition to overall accreditation for Baptist Medical Center and Mississippi Hospital for Restorative Care, 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.
See video patient testimonials at "What Our Patients Say."
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