Awards & Firsts

Baptist Memphis Firsts

First Hospital in the Mid-South to:

  • First in Tennessee to participate in the DAISY Foundation honoring bedside nurses.
  • First in the Mid-South to have Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
  • First in the Mid-South to have a genetics counseling program
  • First in the Mid-South to perform coronary artery bypass surgery
  • First in the Mid-South to perform cardiomyoplasty
  • First in the Mid-South to successfully implant the HeartMate®
  • First in the U.S. to perform the radial brachytherapy procedure
  • First in Memphis to open a dedicated Heart Institute
  • First in the Mid-South to perform a Stereotaxis electrophysiology procedure
  • First in the Mid-South to offer magnetic navigation system
  • First in Memphis to provide a dedicated resuscitation focus pairing early intervention with a response team in a uniform defibrillator operating system (Medical Response Team)
  • First in Tennessee to discharge a patient home on a HeartMate® ventricular assist device
  • First in Tennessee to discharge a patient home on a Thoratec® ventricular assist device
  • First in Tennessee to use the HeartMate® ventricular assist device as a destination therapy (alternative to heart transplant)
  • First in the Memphis and surrounding area to provide intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • First in Memphis to provide prostate brachytherapy, a nonsurgical way to treat prostate cancer
  • First in the Mid-South to perform a total joint replacement using ceramic-on-ceramic prosthesis
  • First hospital to provide funding for 12-lead EKGs to be performed in ambulances by emergency medical technicians
  • Perform the cardiomyoplasty procedure, during which skeletal muscles are taken from a patient's back or abdomen and wrapped around an ailing heart. The added muscle, aided by ongoing stimulation from a device similar to a pacemaker, may boost the heart's pumping motion.
  • Provide Abiomed, a device used to assist the heart so that it can rest, heal and recover its function.
  • Perform a total joint replacement using ceramic-on-ceramic prosthesis.

First Hospital in Tennessee to:

  • Discharge a patient home with the HeartMate® Vented Electric Ventricular Assist Device, a device that does the work of the heart when patients' hearts are too weak to function properly.
  • Earn American Association of Blood Bank Immunohematology Reference Laboratory accreditation. Baptist Memphis is the only hospital in Tennesse and one of only 58 in the world to receive accreditation.
  • Provide funding for 12-lead EKGs to be performed in ambulances by emergency medical technicians. Twelve-lead EKGs allow doctors to observe the heart's electrical activity from 12 different angles, providing them with more information about heart attack patients before they arrive at the hospital.

First Hospital in Memphis or Memphis Area to:

  • Physicians at Baptist Memphis recently performed the area's first surgery with the Edwards SAPIEN transcatheter heart valve technology that was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in November 2011 for inoperable patients with aortic stenosis.
  • Baptist Memphis cardiologist performed the city's first cryoballoon procedure with a new technology called ArticFront Cardiac CryoAblation
  • Baptist Memphis cardiologists first in Mid-South to offer Revo MRI SureScan Pacing System.
  • Baptist Memphis was the first in the nation to perform the Medtronic Convergent Maze procedure, putting Baptist-Memphis at the cutting-edge of Afib technology and treatment.
  • Perform the percutaneous valve procedure.
  • Offer CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery technique for treating cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  • Provide intensity modulated radiation therapy.
  • Have a freestanding radiation oncology center.
  • Provide prostate brachytherapy, a nonsurgical way to treat prostate cancer.
  • Provide a cancer navigator to assist cancer patients.

Baptist Memphis Awards

2013

  • For the 17th year in a row, Baptist Memphis won a Consumer Choice award because a majority of Memphis-area residents named the facility as their hospital of choice in a national survey
  • For the 5th consecutive year, Baptist Memphis was voted as Memphis’ most preferred hospital by readers of The Commercial Appeal.
  • Ambulatory Services received the Commitment to Excellence Award in Patient Satisfaction from Press Ganey for continuous improvement in patient experience.

2012

  • For the 16th year in a row, Baptist Memphis won a Consumer Choice award because a majority of Memphis-area residents named the facility as their hospital of choice in a national survey.
  • For the 4th consecutive year, Baptist Memphis was voted as Memphis’ most preferred hospital by readers of The Commercial Appeal.
  • Joint Commission, an independent organization that accredits health care organizations, named Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures.

2011

  • For the 15th year in a row, Baptist Memphis won a Consumer Choice award because a majority of Memphis-area residents named the facility as their hospital of choice in a national survey.

2010

  • HealthGrades, a national, independent health care ratings company, recently announced that Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis is in the top 5 percent nationally for emergency medicine and women’s health and in the top 10 percent in the nation for cardiac surgery.
  • Recognized by Premier QUEST as a high-performing hospital for its focus on transparent quality, efficiency and safety.
  • Recognized by the American College of Surgeons' National Surgical Quality Improvement Program for achieving exemplary outcomes for surgical patient care.

Other Recent Awards

  • One of only three Mid-South hospitals named Best in Value by Data Advantage.
  • Named one of the top 100 hospitals' Performance Improvement Leaders by Thomson Reuters, a global health care information company.
  • Preferred provider in the community for 13 years in a row, according to the National Research Corp.
  • Earned a Tennessee Improving Patient Safety award from the Tennessee Department of Health, in conjunction with the Tennessee Improving Patient Safety State Advisory Committee in 2004. The award was given for the hospital's Medical Response Team project, which established a process for early intervention and treatment of critically ill patients. The project resulted in better outcomes for these patients.
  • Named one of U.S. News & World Report's top 50 hospitals for orthopedics in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
  • Named one of the nation's top integrated health care networks by Verispan Marketing Group in 2002 and 2003.
  • Earned a Clean Air Award from the National Air Filtration Association in 2001.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis

Address
6019 Walnut Grove Rd.
Memphis, Tenn. 38120

Phone
901-226-5000

Email
info.memphis@bmhcc.org

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