Contact: Kate Darden, BHS Vice President, Marketing
205-715-5196/Kate.Darden@bhsala.com

Julie B. Wall, Markstein
205-824-7634/Julie@markstein.co

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – November 13, 2014 – 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.

“First and foremost, the goal at Baptist Health System is to provide optimal patient experiences through innovative and quality health care, and this can only be achieved by remaining patient-centered in everything we do,” said Keith Parrott, CEO of Baptist Health System. “It is an honor to receive this distinction from The Joint Commission.”

The program recognizes accredited hospitals that attained excellence in quality measures in four criteria – research, proximity, accuracy and adverse effects—which are designed to produce the greatest positive impact on patient outcomes.

The program is based on data reported in the previous year about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to be the best treatments for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke, venous thromboembolism and immunization.

As Top Performers, these BHS hospitals have demonstrated commitment to assuring that evidence-based interventions are delivered to patients the right way and at the right time. Walker and Shelby have been commended on achievements for their measures in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Citizens was specifically recognized for its accomplishments in heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

Earlier this year, three BHS hospitals were awarded the top safety score by The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score program, solidifying the BHS commitment to excellence through an increasingly innovative approach to health care. Shelby, Walker and Princeton (Birmingham) Baptist Medical Centers were each given “A” grades based on each facility’s measures to prevent medical errors, accidents and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving safety, quality and affordability of health care.

About Baptist Health System

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 BaptistHealthAlabama.org.

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