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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – September 11, 2014 – 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.

The study, which was developed by Daren K. Heyland, M.D., a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Queen’s University, Kingston in Ontario Canada specializing in clinical and health services research, is designed to improve the delivery of enteral nutrition (EN) to critically ill patients with a volume-based feeding protocol. The study will provide practical tools and strategies to foster a network of clinicians to optimally deliver EN in ICUs across the nation.

Under the current protocol of care, 40 to 60 percent of patients do not receive EN within 48 hours of admission to the ICU. Through the PEP uP Collaborative, the goal is to ensure that critically ill patients receive at least 80 percent of the calories and protein they are prescribed within the first 24 hours of admission, as there is a greater risk of mortality in critically ill patients who do not receive EN within the first 24 hours of admission. Early EN is associated with reduced infectious complications and reduced risk of mortality.

On Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, PEP uP developer Dr. Heyland will visit Shelby Baptist, where he will introduce his study and meet with individuals on the hospital’s MICU team who will lead the study, which include an ICU dietician, physician champion and nursing champion, to answer questions about the program and its advantages.

“We are honored to have been selected to participate in Dr. Heyland’s study,” said David C. Wilson, Shelby Baptist president. “Shelby Baptist is constantly focused on improving patients’ health and this study offers us an opportunity to contribute data that may affect standard of care for nutrition at healthcare facilities across the nation.”


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Baptist Health System, a not-for-profit 501(c) corporation and one of the largest health systems in Alabama, owns four hospital campuses, including Princeton (in Birmingham), Shelby (in Alabaster), Walker (in Jasper) and Citizens (in Talladega) as well as the largest network of employed primary- and specialty-care physicians providing coordinated care across central Alabama. The system includes graduate medical education programs and active clinical research in multiple specialties. Baptist Health System is committed to providing compassionate, high-quality, innovative health care and empowering its communities to achieve their best health. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association, whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations. For more information please visit

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