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  • Monday, November 9, 2015

    Baptist’s Cardiovascular Team Performs the Latest Heart Valve Replacement Procedure

    Baptist is first in Mississippi to perform many technically advanced, minimally invasive valve repairs and replacements. On November 9, 86 year old Margaret Bennett of Winona came to Baptist for central Mississippi's first transcatheter aortic heart valve replacement (TAVR) with the latest generation valve. read more »

    Monday, October 26, 2015

    Pastoral Care Utilizes "Smart TV" To Meet Spiritual Needs of Patients

    While television (TV) has long been the primary form of in-room entertainment in hospitals, new technology is blending this form of entertainment with meeting the needs of patients in their hospital bed. Baptist is using TVs as a tool to help increase patient engagement and satisfaction. The leaders and pastoral care team at Baptist focused on the use of its SmarTigr interactive patient engagement solution to achieve their goals of better informing patients and family of their pastoral care services. read more »

    Friday, October 2, 2015

    Baptist Medical Clinic Announces Affiliation With Premier Medical Group of Jackson

    On October 1, the Jackson area physicians of Premier Medical Group’s practice began operating as Baptist Premier Medical Group. The practice will continue to be located in The Belhaven building in Jackson. read more »

    Thursday, October 1, 2015

    Baptist Kicks Off 2015 Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Launches Free Guide Booklet

    Baptist Cancer Services wants people to be armed in the fight against breast cancer. During October, there are a number of opportunities to learn from physicians and other clinical professionals about breast cancer and being screened appropriately. read more »

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Baptist Medical Center Placed in the Top 2 Percent of Nation’s Hospitals for Patient Safety and Patient Experience

    Healthgrades has awarded Baptist Medical Center its Outstanding Patient Experience Award for 2015, and its Patient Safety Excellence Award for 2015. 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. read more »

  • Stroke Support Group

    When: Friday, December 4, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Where: Methodist Specialty Care Center, One Layfair Drive, Ste. 500, Flowood
    Info: 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 the monthly city-wide Stroke Connection Support Group. more info »
    Registration Info: No registration is required. For more information on these free meetings, call 601.936.8888.

    Heart Day 2016

    When: Saturday, February 6, 2016 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Baptist Medical Center, Colonnades Medical Office Building
    Info: Heart Day 2016 screening, available only by appointment, is for adults ages 18 and older. You are required to fast for 12 hours before your scheduled screening. Valued at $450, the screening features our Heart Basic package. more info »
    Registration Info: Registration opens January 5, 2016. Save the Date!

    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. ** Dates for 2016 are April 23, June 17, and 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. 
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    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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