Baptist Signs Agreement to Lease Kosciusko Hospital

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Baptist Health Systems in Jackson and the Board of Supervisors of Attala County reached an agreement on Thursday, April 9, 2015,  under which Baptist  will operate  Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital. The name of the new hospital will be Baptist Medical Center – Attala. Baptist will begin operating the hospital on June 1, 2015. 

“We are extremely excited to be a part of this community,” said Baptist Health Systems CEO Chris Anderson. “Baptist is committed to the mission of providing the highest quality healthcare guided by our Christian faith, and we look forward to carrying out this mission in Attala County.  Everyone who is a part of the Baptist family looks forward to working with the outstanding team of physicians, nurses and employees at Montfort Jones Medical Center in providing exceptional healthcare services to the residents of this community.” 

Troy Hodges, president of the Board of Supervisors of Attala County, said “After months of negotiation, we are proud to welcome Baptist to our community. We applaud their commitment to the citizens of Attala County and will offer them our full support in building on the outstanding medical community and services we currently have in Kosciusko.”

As part of Baptist’s long-term mission and vision to offer affordable and accessible healthcare, Baptist will operate the Montfort Jones facility as a Critical Access Hospital and will continue to provide the core services currently offered in the facility. By definition, a Critical Access Hospital must be no larger than 25 beds and be located in a rural. While the focus on healthcare in Kosciusko is to ensure the community has access to a range of acute hospital services, Baptist Medical Center in Jackson will serve as a referral hospital for specialties not offered in a critical access hospital setting.

In the past three years, Baptist has entered into similar purchases with Leake Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Miss. and King’s Daughter Hospital in Yazoo, Miss. Today these hospitals operate as Baptist Medical Center Leake and Baptist Medical Center Yazoo. Since 2009, Baptist had been overseeing day-to-day operations of Yazoo and purchased its operation in February 2015. Baptist purchased the Carthage facility in November 2011 and opened a brand new hospital in Carthage in December 2014.

Baptist Medical Center in Jackson offers patient care in multiple medical specialties, including cardiovascular, comprehensive women’s health services, gastrointestinal, vascular surgery, oncology services and a network of primary care clinics. A study released by HealthGrades in October 2014, named Baptist Medical Center among the Best 100 Hospitals in the Nation for Orthopedic Surgery, Joint Replacement and Prostate Surgery. Additionally, according to Healthgrades, no other hospital in the Jackson, Miss. area has more 5-Star Ratings than Baptist in 2015. HealthGrades is the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes.

From its beginnings in 1911, Baptist has served Mississippi and the surrounding states as a Christian-based, non-profit comprehensive medical center. 

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