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  • Thursday, March 16, 2017

    Baptist Medical Center Receives Nation's Highest Nursing Designation

    Earlier this morning, Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., received the nation’s top honor for nursing excellence called “Magnet.” Only seven percent of hospitals in America have been granted Magnet recognition and Baptist is the only hospital in Mississippi to receive this designation. The Magnet Recognition Program® is given by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, to hospitals satisfying a set of criteria designed to measure quality patient care and professional nursing practice. read more »

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    Baptist Nurses Top Awards During Annual Nightingale Awards Banquet

    Baptist nurses took home seven awards on the evening of March 6, 2017, during the annual Mississippi Nurses Association Nightingale Awards. read more »

    Friday, December 30, 2016

    Baptist is First in the Area to Use New FDA Approved Dissolving Drug-Eluting Stents to Treat Blocked Coronary Arteries

    Baptist is the first in central Mississippi to use the newly approved FDA the "Absorb." It is the only fully dissolving stent approved for the treatment of coronary artery disease, which affects 15 million people in the United States and remains a leading cause of death worldwide. read more »

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

    Baptist’s Cardiovascular Team Performs 100th Heart Valve Replacement Using Latest Technology with Less Invasive Technique

    People don’t have to leave Mississippi for cutting-edge heart valve replacement or repair. Baptist was amoung one of the first in Mississippi to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) technology for the treatment of aortic stenosis in selected patients. The Edwards SAPIEN Valve is designed to replace a patient’s diseased aortic valve without the need for open-heart surgery or the use of a heart-lung machine. read more »

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Baptist Holds Free Physicals for Kosciusko Junior High School Sixth Graders

    Kosciusko, Miss. – On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM, approximately 100 sixth grade students participated in free physical exams at Kosciusko Junior High School. Baptist providers teamed up to give physicals to not only student athletes, but to all sixth graders interested in participating. The goal was to screen for health issues students may be experiencing that parents and teachers were unaware of. A sports physical is required for students interested in playing school athletics as well as summer camps, clinics and more. read more »

  • Cancer Survivors Day

    When: Sunday, June 4, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Where: The Belhaven medical office building, Suite 230
    Info: Join Baptist Cancer Services as we celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day. This joyful event is for survivors and anyone who has been touched by cancer. Enjoy refreshments, special entertainment, and more activities celebrating hope and strength. more info »
    Registration Info: Online registration is available with a valid email address.

    Super Sitters

    When: Saturday, November 4, 2017 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Where: Baptist Medical Center, Busey Auditorium
    Info: This program is designed to help teens, ages 11-15 to become more responsible babysitters. The class includes information on developmental stages, feeding, and safety along with basic CPR skills. ** 2017 Dates are March 25, June 2 and November 4. ** more info »
    Registration Info: Online registration is required.

    Stroke Support Group

    When: Friday, December 1, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Where: Methodist Specialty Care Center, One Layfair Drive, Ste. 500, Flowood
    Info: The city-wide Stroke Connection Support Group meets monthly. Baptist Health Systems, Methodist Rehabilitation Center, St. Dominic’s and UMMC Comprehensive Stroke Center want to encourage all stroke survivors, loved ones and caregivers to attend. ** Click to see all dates for 2017.** more info »
    Registration Info: No registration is required. For more information on these free meetings, call 601.936.8888.
  • Breast Cancer Patients, Survivors Walking Modeling Runway
    Friday, November 18, 2016

    Breast Cancer Patients, Survivors Walking Modeling Runway

    Baptist for Women sponsored the Junior League of Jackson’s Mistletoe Luncheon with special guest Joan Lunden. The former Good Morning America anchor and now breast cancer survivor. But, the icing on all this cake was watching breast cancer patients and survivors participating in the Belk fashion show at the luncheon. listen/watch »

    Electrophysiologist James Hamilton Discusses Atrial Fibrillation
    Friday, September 9, 2016

    Electrophysiologist James Hamilton Discusses Atrial Fibrillation

    What is atrial Fibrillation? It is commonly known as Atrial Fib? Who is at risk? Electrophysiologist James Hamilton, MD, with Baptist Heart, explains this on the WLBT news program. Atrial fibrillation (AF or A-fib) is an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by rapid and irregular beating. Often it starts as brief periods of abnormal beating which become longer and possibly constant over time. Most episodes have no symptoms. Occasionally there may be heart palpitations, fainting, shortness of breath, or chest pain. The disease is associated with an increased risk of heart failure, dementia, and stroke. listen/watch »

    Breast Cancer Awareness
    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    Breast Cancer Awareness

    In today’s podcast, surgeon Scott Berry, MD, of Surgical Clinic Associates  discusses breast cancer. He covers warning signs, preventative measures, and steps to take. Dr. Berry also explains the partnership and convenience of Baptist’s Breast Health and Surgical Centers. (Length 10:13) listen/watch »

    Back Pain: When Is it Time For Surgery?
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Back Pain: When Is it Time For Surgery?

    In today’s podcast, orthopedic spine surgeon Graham Calvert, MD, of Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center, discusses back pain. He answers many common questions, including:

    • How do I know it's time for surgery?
    • How long will I be off work?
    • When can I return to all my usual activities?
    (Length 17:36) listen/watch »

    Calcium Scoring An Overview
    Friday, December 26, 2014

    Calcium Scoring An Overview

    In this episode, cardiologist Keith Thorne, MD, of Baptist Heart discusses Calcium Scoring. He covers such topics as, how is it administered, what they’re looking for, and who should consider it. (Length 08:09) listen/watch »

  • At Baptist Health Systems, we define quality in a variety of ways including clinical quality of care, credentials, and patient experience. As a patient, you might see quality of your medical services defined by the cleanliness of the facility or how a health care employee cared for you during your medical visit.

    Increasingly, more organizations provide information about the quality of care at hospitals to help patients make more informed decisions. We are dedicated to serving as a quality leader both locally and nationally by supporting the use of valid, reliable data to assure the delivery of optimal patient care. We collect data about our patients, their treatments and their outcomes. This data helps us to understand what we are doing that is working and where we might improve our practices for the best possible patient outcomes.

    Baptist voluntarily participates in a variety of measurements for health care quality. For patients and their loved ones, the following information gives you an overview of how Baptist measures quality.

    Voluntary Participation in Quality Reporting

    Baptist voluntarily provides information to a number of outside organizations that report healthcare quality. Some of these include the following.

     HealthGrades HealthGrades is an independent healthcare ratings organization, providing ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes and physicians to consumers, corporations, health plans and hospitals. It is a for-profit organization listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Baptist has been the frequent recipient of numerous quality recognitions from Healthgrades. See our full listing of HealthGrades recognitions. 

    Hospital Compare This website is a joint effort of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA). The HQA is a public-private collaboration established to promote reporting on hospital quality of care. The HQA consists of organizations representing consumers, hospitals, doctors, employers, accrediting organizations, and Federal agencies.

    Accreditations, Certifications, Recognitions

    Baptist seeks accreditation from a number of organizations committed to healthcare quality. Among these are The Joint Commission (JC), the nation's largest health care regulating organization. Baptist Medical Center has been granted Magnet™ status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). See our full list of accreditations and certifications.

    In addition to overall accreditation for Baptist Medical Center, many of our specialized programs have earned quality awards and certifications. Many of these are a result of meeting or exceeding stringent criteria from evidence-based best practices, and on-site reviews by experts in their fields of practice.

    Physicians

    Baptist requires board certification for physicians to remain on its active medical staff. Board-eligible and board-certified physicians have been trained in their specialized areas of medicine. They have practiced for a specific period of time and passed a written or oral examination. 
    Learn more at www.ama-assn.org.

    Patient Experience

    Patients define their satisfaction both in terms of medical care outcomes and the level of personal care they receive.

    At Baptist, we measure patient experience using NRC Picker. These results are reported publicly and measure patient experience across the continuum of care. Additionally, Baptist Medical Center has been recognized by Healthgrades with its Outstanding Patient Experience Award for 2 Years in a Row (2015-2016).

    What Our Patients Say

    See video patient testimonials at "What Our Patients Say."

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