Fighting Against Heart Disease: Princeton Baptist Medical Center Joins in Support of American Heart Month with Onsite Activations (2/5/16)

Today, Princeton Baptist Medical Center will participate in National Wear Red Day® and at dusk, the facility will shine bright with red exterior lighting and continue throughout the month as part of the nationwide effort to foster awareness of the battle of heart disease in women. The American Heart association, sponsor of American Heart Month, has been leading the fight against heart disease through awareness, education and funding of medical research since its inception in 1964.


Operating the Inoperable: Princeton Baptist Heart Specialist Saves a Life with Groundbreaking Procedure (2/2/16)

Despite being known for taking on difficult cases, Dr. Mustafa Ahmed – an interventional and structural heart specialist with Cardiology P.C. and medical director of Princeton Baptist Medical Center’s Structural Heart Program in Birmingham, Ala. – was skeptical of accepting Marietta, Ga. resident Jason Philpot’s heart aneurysm case when first approached in mid-2015. Dr. Mustafa Ahmed and team took a chance on the Georgia resident at the urging of his young son.


Brookwood Medical Center Oncologist Answers HPV Vaccination Questions to Mark Cervical Cancer Awareness Month (1/19/16)

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 12,900 new cases of invasive cervical cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, with an estimated 4,100 deaths resulting from this type of cancer annually.


Brookwood Medical Center, Walker Baptist name new chief financial officers (1/14/16) :

Two hospitals in the Brookwood Medical Center/Baptist Health System network in central Alabama have selected new chief financial officers for their leadership teams: Brandon Williams for Brookwood and Amanda Dyle for Walker Baptist.


Baptist Health System hospitals earn ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

The joint venture uniting Baptist Health System and Brookwood Medical Center announced that three of its hospitals, Princeton (Birmingham), Shelby (Alabaster) and Walker (Jasper) Baptist Medical Centers, have been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.


Citizens Baptist Medical Center Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (12/4/15)

Citizens Baptist Medical Center (Citizens) announced today that it received full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center (CPC) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). This is the first time Citizens has received this three-year accreditation, following a rigorous application and evaluation process.


Baptist Health System brings primary care to the workplace with Be Well Mobile (11/5/15)

Baptist Health System (Baptist) is pleased to announce the launch of Be Well Mobile, a 38-foot, custom-built Winnebago, designed to serve as a traveling primary care clinic for employers across central Alabama. Baptist unveiled Be Well Mobile on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 11:30 p.m. at 600 University Park Place, Birmingham, Ala.


Brookwood Medical Center and Baptist Health System Joint Venture Announce John Langlois Named CEO of Walker Baptist Medical Center (10/16/15)

Keith Parrott, CEO of the newly formed health system resulting from the merger between Baptist Health System (Baptist) and Tenet Healthcare Corporation, owner of Brookwood Medical Center, today announced that John Langlois has accepted the role of CEO at Walker Baptist Medical Center (Walker), effective immediately. In this position, Langlois will oversee all operations for the 267-bed facility and more than 600 employees.


Tenet and Baptist Health System Form New Healthcare Network (10/2/15)

Baptist Health System and Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE:THC) have formed a joint venture to own and operate a network of healthcare facilities serving Birmingham and central Alabama. The joint venture includes all Baptist Health System hospitals, Tenet’s Brookwood Medical Center and each organization’s related businesses. Under the joint venture arrangement, Tenet is the majority partner and will manage the network’s operations. The new organization includes five hospitals and nine outpatient centers, and 68 physician clinics across central Alabama.


Baptist Health System receives Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative award (9/29/15)

Baptist Health System is one of 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, announced today by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. Baptist Health System will receive up to $10.8 million to provide technical assistance support to help equip clinicians in the Central Alabama region with tools, information and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information and spend health care dollars more wisely.


Baptist Health System Delivers Innovative Technologies to Enhance Patient Experience; Introduces TrueBeam™ Radiotherapy System at Princeton (8/4/15)

Baptist Health System is pleased to introduce TrueBeam™ Radiotherapy System from Varian Medical Systems to its cancer service offerings at Princeton Baptist Medical Center (Princeton). Physicians at Princeton’s Cancer Center are utilizing TrueBeam™, in addition to other leading edge cancer technologies, to deliver a personalized, innovative approach to the quality care and comprehensive patient experience they deliver.


Baptist Health System Introduces ‘Be Well’ to Improve Access to Care and Health Outcomes for Area Workers and Businesses (7/27/15)

Baptist Health System (Baptist) is introducing a new program, Be Well, reinventing the way employers encourage their employees to take better care of their health. Be Well is a physician-led initiative designed to help employers manage healthcare costs, increase productivity and encourage overall well-being by providing proactive education and clinical support at the workplace.


Princeton Baptist Medical Center Welcomes Mustafa Ahmed, M.D., and Launches Alabama’s First Structural Heart and Valve Center (7/20/15)

Baptist Health System is pleased to announce the launch of The Structural Heart and Valve Center at Princeton Baptist Medical Center with the addition of structural cardiologist Mustafa Ahmed, M.D. Dr. Ahmed will lead the new Center as medical director of the structural heart program as one of the few specialists with expertise in both minimally invasive procedures and advanced cardiac imaging in the United States.


Baptist Health System and Tenet to Create New Healthcare Network – System will deliver high-quality care at five hospitals and 77 outpatient facilities across central Alabama (6/22/15)

Baptist Health System and Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE:THC) have signed a definitive agreement to create a joint venture that will operate a healthcare network serving Birmingham and central Alabama. The new network will include all Baptist Health System hospitals, Tenet’s Brookwood Medical Center and each organization’s related businesses. Under the joint venture arrangement, Tenet will be the majority partner and will manage the network’s operations.


Baptist Health System Hospital Receives Fourth MAP Award from the HFMA for High Performance in Revenue Cycle (6/4/2015)

Baptist Health System announced that one of its four hospitals, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, has been named as a recipient of the 2015 MAP Award for High Performance in Revenue Cycle, sponsored by the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Winners of this national award demonstrate inventive, patient-centered revenue cycle practices that deliver sustainable financial performance. The Baptist hospital is one of only seven hospitals in the U.S. to achieve this distinction and the only hospital in Alabama and the Southeast.


Cardiology P.C. at Princeton Baptist Medical Center Treats First Patient in U.S. in Groundbreaking Study Designed to Permanently Lower High Blood Pressure (5/28/15)

Cardiology P.C. at Princeton Baptist Medical Center is helping identify a better therapy for patients with high blood pressure and recently treated the first patient in the U.S. in a groundbreaking study using a novel device designed to permanently lower high blood pressure in the absence of medications.


Baptist Health System Celebrates Volunteer Week, Recognizes 324 Volunteers and More Than 65,000 Service Hours (4/13/15)

Baptist Health System is honored to work with 324 exemplary volunteers who have dedicated more than 65,000 hours of service across Baptist’s four hospitals, including Shelby (Alabaster), Walker (Jasper), Citizens (Talladega) and Princeton (Birmingham) Baptist Medical Centers.


InnoHack2015 Aims to Solve Healthcare Challenges through Community Collaboration (3/25/2015)

In a recent study released by Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Alabama was ranked near the bottom for health outcomes nationally, including 45th for the overall well-being of its citizens. Despite these poor health outcomes, Alabama has leading physicians and state-of-the-art health care resources available to its communities. To better understand and address these issues, Baptist Health System and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Health Professions, Department of Health Services Administration, are joining on April 10 – 11 to host Alabama’s first healthcare hackathon to solve complex health care problems through intensive collaboration.


Shelby Baptist Medical Center’s Tower Imaging Earns American College of Radiology’s Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation (3/13/15)

Shelby Baptist Medical Center announced that Tower Imaging, one of its two diagnostic imaging centers, has been designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This designation recognizes the facility’s commitment to practicing safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.


Baptist Health System Achieves HIMSS Stage 6 Recognition for its Electronic Medical Record Systems (3/1/2015)

Baptist Health System (BHS) today announced that its Shelby (Alabaster), Walker (Jasper), Citizens (Talladega) and Princeton (Birmingham) Baptist Medical Centers have been officially recognized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for achieving Stage 6 on the electronic medical record (EMR) Adoption Model, a level that only 21 percent of the hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics have reached.


Shelby Baptist Medical Center Opens First Adult Psychiatric Unit in Shelby County (1/12/15)

Shelby Baptist Medical Center is addressing the growing need for adult inpatient psychiatric care in Shelby County with the addition of a new 20-bed, adult inpatient psychiatric unit. The new facility is the only adult psychiatric unit in Shelby County and provides patients with private rooms.


Baptist Health System Signs Letter of Intent with Tenet Healthcare (12/15/14)

Baptist Health System today announced that it has signed an exclusive, non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) with a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC), the parent company of Brookwood Medical Center, to form a new, jointly-owned company that will include all Baptist Health System hospitals, Brookwood Medical Center, and their related businesses. The parties have initiated an exploratory period of due diligence, which is intended to result in a definitive agreement.


Walker Baptist Medical Center recognized for outstanding quality and patient safety by the Alabama Hospital Association (12/4/14)

Walker Baptist was recently honored at the Alabama Fall Quality Forum on Oct. 21, 2014 for outstanding work in quality and patient safety, particularly for their efforts to measure progress. Walker Baptist, along with 30 other Alabama hospitals, participated in the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA)’s Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), a component of a national, three-year initiative focused on improving patient care in 10 key areas which included infection prevention, falls prevention, reductions in readmissions and many other efforts that led to better outcomes and reduced hospital stays and costs.


Baptist Health System hospitals earn ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition from The Joint Commission (11/13/14)

Baptist Health System (BHS) today announced that three of its hospitals have been recognized by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States, as Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® for 2013. Shelby (Alabaster), Walker (Jasper) and Citizens (Talladega) Baptist Medical Centers were identified as Top Performers, a program which is recognized nationwide as a symbol reflecting an organization’s commitment to meeting high-quality performance standards.


Baptist Health System Announces Clinical Affiliation with CVS Health (10/30/14)

Baptist Health System (BHS) today announced a clinical affiliation with CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) that will enhance access to high-quality, affordable health care services and improve medication adherence for patients.


Princeton Baptist Medical Center Heart Valve Clinic Now Offers Valve Replacement Procedure with No Surgical Incision (10/29/14)

Since opening a year ago, physicians at Princeton Baptist Medical Center’s Heart Valve Clinic have delivered a personalized, innovative approach to treating heart valve disease. They are now expanding their services to include a minimally invasive procedure that can replace heart valves in individuals unable to receive open heart surgical procedures.


Princeton Baptist Medical Center’s Comprehensive Bariatric Center Designated as an Optum™ Center of Excellence (10/20/14)

Princeton Baptist Medical Center today announced that its Comprehensive Bariatric Center has earned the designation as an Optum™ Center of Excellence (COE) indicating that the Center meets or exceeds nationally recognized standards of care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese, with Alabama’s obesity rate at 32.4 percent. Obesity can lead to heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes, among other severe health-related issues. Since its opening in January 2013, the Princeton Comprehensive Bariatric Center has addressed this critical issue by delivering personalized, innovative care to its patients.


Baptist Health System’s Brian Maloney, Ph.D., To Present At Walker County Elder Protection Seminar (10/16/14)

Baptist Health System (BHS) is pleased to join the Walker County District Attorney’s Office and the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County to present an Elder Protection Seminar on Oct. 22, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Community Health Systems Activities Center in Jasper, Ala.

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Baptist Health System Names Paige Connell Executive Director of the Baptist Health Foundation (9/25/14)

Baptist Health System (BHS) is pleased to announce Paige Connell as its executive director of the Baptist Health Foundation. With more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit executive management and fund development, Ms. Connell will provide great insight to the Foundation, which ensures that BHS has the charitable and community resources necessary to sustain its ministries that enhance the health, dignity and wholeness of those it serves.

 


Baptist Medical Center Selected as One of Five Sites in the U.S. for International Tube-Feeding Study (9/11/14)

Shelby Baptist Medical Center has been selected as one of five hospitals in the U.S. to participate in an international tube-feeding clinical study known as the PEP uP Collaborative.

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Baptist Health System Names Chris Davis, M.D., Chief Information Officer / Chief Medical Informatics Officer (9/10/14)

Baptist Health System (BHS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Davis, M.D., to the position of chief information officer / chief medical informatics officer. Dr. Davis has served as the System’s chief medical informatics officer since 2012 and had been serving as interim chief information officer since June.


Baptist Health System Board of Trustees Welcomes Brian Hamilton (8/11/14)

Baptist Health System (BHS) announced today that Brian Hamilton has been elected to their Board of Trustees, where he will serve a 4-year appointment. BHS is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees.


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