Contact: Kate Darden, BHS Vice President, Marketing
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Julie B. Wall, Markstein
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – November 24, 2015 - 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.

“Receiving this distinction from The Joint Commission is a testament to the positive steps these hospitals are taking each day as we continue to grow and advance in the healthcare industry,” said Keith Parrott, CEO of the newly formed health system resulting from the merger between Baptist Health System and Tenet Healthcare Corporation, owner of Brookwood Medical Center. “It’s an honor to be recognized for our commitment to continuing to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients.”

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions.

Princeton, Shelby and Walker have been recognized for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. In addition, Princeton and Shelby received recognition for their accomplishments in stroke. Princeton also received recognition for its accomplishment in immunization, and Walker received recognition in VTE.

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

 

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Shelby, Walker and Princeton Baptist Medical Centers for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

For more information about the Top Performers program, visit www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

About Baptist Health System

Baptist Health System, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) corporation, provides healthcare services to communities in the greater Birmingham Alabama area through its equity ownership in a joint venture with Tenet Healthcare. As part of this joint venture, Baptist Health System appoints half of the joint venture's Board of Directors. Additionally, Baptist Health System provides administrative and other support to the Baptist Health Foundation. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association whose representatives elect its Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations.

About Brookwood Medical Center

Founded in 1973, Brookwood Medical Center is one of the largest private hospitals in Alabama, and a leading provider of advanced medical care to the Homewood community and beyond. Brookwood’s medical staff is comprised of more than 900 privately practicing physicians and its workforce includes more than 2,500 employees and volunteers. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Brookwood Medical Center is a full service acute care hospital, widely recognized for its cardiology, oncology, mental health and orthopedic program. For more information on Brookwood's services, visit bwmc.com call 205.877.8800.

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