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. – December 4, 2014 – Walker Baptist Medical Center (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.

In addition, Walker Baptist also achieved the HEN project goal of reporting 100 percent on all applicable measures. This reporting was used to not only measure progress, but also to allow hospitals to benchmark and share best practices. Anne Allen, assistant administrator at Walker Baptist, accepted a plaque on Walker Baptist’s behalf to commemorate the hospital’s achievement.

“Alabama’s hospitals have always worked to provide the best patient care possible, and we were pleased to see so many of our hospitals sign up for the additional improvement initiatives through the HEN,” said J. Michael Horsley, president of AlaHa. “While the Association had a number of hospitals participate in our network, there were many other Alabama hospitals that participated in the HEN work through other initiatives. All have been highly successful in improving care.”

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the Alabama Hospital Association for our commitment to providing our patients with outstanding quality and safety,” said Bob Phillips, president of Walker Baptist Medical Center. “Our goal is to consistently deliver innovative and quality health care, which can only be achieved by remaining patient-centered in everything we do.”

The Alabama Hospital Association, based in Montgomery, is a statewide trade organization that represents more than 100 hospitals and numerous other health care providers by offering membership services designed to enhance the provision of health care in Alabama.

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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