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NATIONAL STUDY: Baptist Medical Center Named One of America’s Best Hospitals, Maintains Outstanding Patient Experience Award

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

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Mississippi Baptist Medical Center announces it has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for orthopedic surgery, joint replacement and prostate surgery. The hospital was selected as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for vascular surgery. In addition, for two years in a row, Baptist received the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award. Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions to find the right doctor and the right hospital for the right care, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*

“We are extremely proud to be recognized with these outstanding quality ratings,” added Baptist Health Systems Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Michael Maples, MD. “I commend all our clinical teams for their multidisciplinary collaboration to achieve the best quality outcomes for our patients. This study validates our efforts to improve quality and focus on exceptional patient experience.”

 Baptist Medical Center received pertinent awards in the vascular surgery area:
Healthgrades 2017 Vascular Surgery Excellence Award
Top 10% in the Nation for Vascular Surgery
Five-Star recipient for abdominal aorta repair and carotid surgery

The achievements are part of findings released today in the Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2013-2015, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 223,412 lives could potentially have been saved and 162,215 complications could potentially have been avoided.** A 5-star rating indicates that a hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated

“The Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation reveals striking disparities in the quality observed among the Nation’s hospitals, and underscores why it is vital for consumers to understand outcomes performance at specific hospitals for specific conditions and procedures,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer for Healthgrades. “A given community may have many hospitals, but only a precious few may provide better-than-expected outcomes for the specific care a patient needs. Those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s Best distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality of care.”

* For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 32 common conditions and procedures, as well as an evaluation of comparative outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 18 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

About Mississippi Baptist Health Systems
Baptist Health Systems is the parent company of Baptist Medical Center, Baptist Medical Center Attala, Baptist Medical Center Leake, Baptist Medical Center Yazoo and a number of related health care services and programs primarily focused on serving Central Mississippi. It has been ranked by Healthgrades in the top 2% in the nation in patient safety and experience. From its beginnings in 1911 as Jackson’s first hospital, Mississippi Baptist has continuously provided quality, compassionate, Christian-based medical care, treating patients from all 82 Mississippi counties and all 50 states. Its medical staff includes approximately 600 board-certified physicians representing more than 50 medical specialties. It employs over 3,700 healthcare professionals, manages 21,500 admissions and 194,000 clinic visits annually, and will see over 100,000 emergency department patients this year.

**Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.


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