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  • Monday, June 20, 2016

    Baptist Makes the Grades for Safety and Patient Experience

    Baptist submits quality data to several organizations to ensure and validate the hospital's clinical performance meets national standards. It's exciting to announce Baptist has received the 2016 Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award ™ and an "A" grade from the Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Score.  read more »

    Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    Baptist Announces Promotions, Additions to the Health Systems

    Over the past year, Baptist has seen the expertise and talents of its caregivers helping the organization exceed in its mission to be leaders in healthcare. Click here to read about the employees who have been able to advance in their careers. read more »

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    Baptist to Host Annual Celebration of Life on Cancer Survivors Day, Sunday June 5, 2016

    Each year, cancer survivors and those still fighting the battle gather together to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day. Baptist will host the event on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at The Belhaven at 1:00 pm. read more »

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    Baptist Medical Center Unveils Xenex Germ-Zapping Robots

    Baptist will utilize its four robots in its Jackson, Miss. facility. The portable disinfection system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including Clostridium difficile (C. diff), norovirus, influenza, Ebola and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA. read more »

    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    Bobbi Ford Awarded Baptist's 2016 Nurse of the Year

    Each year as Baptist celebrates National Nurses Week, one particular nurse is selected as the organization's Nurse of the Year. This year, Bobbi Ford, MSN, RN-BC, Baptist Director of Service Excellence, was awarded. She has worked for Baptist for 33 consecutive years. Through the years, Bobbi has served as Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Unit Education Coordinator, Assistant Nurse Manager, Nurse Manager and Clinical Director. In January 2007, Bobbi transferred to Education Department as an Education Coordinator. In March 2016, she was promoted to her current role. read more »

  • Save Your Skin Screening

    When: Thursday, August 11, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Baptist Medical Clinic | Family Medicine–Dogwood
    Info: Worried about a mole or mark on your skin? Don’t take a chance with skin cancer. Take advantage of this FREE skin screening offered by Baptist Medical Clinic. Registration is requested and space is limited. more info »
    Registration Info: Online registration available with a valid email address.

    NICU Reunion

    When: Saturday, August 20, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Baptist Medical Center Atrium
    Info: If your child received care in Baptist’s NICU, please plan to attend our NICU Reunion! more info »
    Registration Info: Register online with a valid email address.

    Cyclists Curing Cancer Century Ride

    When: Saturday, September 10, 2016 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Where: Baptist Healthplex-Clinton
    Info: The ride benefits Baptist Cancer Services’ Serenity Garden, located outside the Hederman Cancer Center. more info »
    Registration Info: Get complete event details, including online registration and an online brochure, at

    Super Sitters

    When: Saturday, October 1, 2016 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. ** Remaining date for 2016 is October 1. ** more info »
    Registration Info: Registration is required by calling Baptist’s Education Resource Center at 601-968-1712.
  • 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 »

    First Trimester
    Friday, July 18, 2014

    First Trimester

    OB/GYN Erica Tanner, MD, of Madison OB/GYN Associates discusses a mother’s first 12 weeks of pregnancy. She covers such topics as when to schedule the first appointment, when can you hear a heart beat, organ formation and development, activity levels, and diet. (07:23) listen/watch »

    Second Trimester
    Friday, June 27, 2014

    Second Trimester

    Leslie Mason, MD, of Madison OB/GYN Associates discusses the second trimester of pregnancy. She address eating tips, the various screens, exercise, and traveling advice during weeks 12 through 27 of pregnancy. (07:25) 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. Additionally, Baptist Medical Center is a 2015 recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award. 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 and Certifications

    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. See our full list of accreditations and certifications.

    In addition to overall accreditation for Baptist Medical Center and Mississippi Hospital for Restorative Care, 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.


    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

    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.

    Healthgrades Top Two Percent 2015Baptist Medical Center is a 2015 recipient of the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award and the 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award. Healthgrades evaluated 3,558 hospitals across the United States in BOTH areas of patient safety and patient satisfaction/experience. Baptist is one of only 93 hospitals, out of the 3,558 hospitals evaluated, in the United States to win both of these awards, puting Baptist Medical Center in the Top 2% of hospitals in the country.

    What Our Patients Say

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


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