Published on May 07, 2010

Two Baptist Hospitals Recognized for Quality Excellence

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - According to new results from the 2009 Leapfrog Hospital Survey released at Memphis Business Group on Health's annual awards luncheon, Memphis-area hospitals, including Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis and Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, lead the nation in certain areas of quality.

In addition to releasing the Memphis-area results for the Leapfrog Survey, MBGH recognized local hospitals that have high performance scores in six areas of patient care. Baptist Memphis and Baptist DeSoto received recognition in heart bypass and Baptist Memphis was also recognized for aortic valve replacement, pancreatic resection and esophageal resection. The awards are based on patient survivability. The procedures that Baptist Memphis and Baptist DeSoto were recognized for are high-risk, but mortality rates at the recognized facilities were lower than the national average.

Memphis-area hospitals also compared well with national averages for the quality of care provided for heart angioplasty, aortic valve replacement, pancreatic resection, esophageal resection, bariatric (weight loss) surgery and high-risk deliveries.

"It's exciting to host this event, release the 2009 Leapfrog results for Memphis and recognize our local hospitals for their efforts to improve care," said Cristie Upshaw Travis, CEO of the MBGH.  "This is a voluntary survey, and it reflects very positively on the Memphis health care community that these hospitals are willing to participate."

The annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey compares hospitals' performance on the national standards of safety, quality and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care. Leapfrog uses a panel of experts to select measures that are evidence-based in peer-reviewed literature and have the most dramatic impact on patient outcomes and cost effectiveness. MBGH is one of 43 official Regional Roll-Outs for the Leapfrog Group.

The Baptist Memphis campus includes the 706-bed hospital that is the flagship of the Baptist Memorial Health Care system. It serves as a major referral center for patients from across the Mid-South and offers many diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services. The hospital has added hundreds of beds in the past few years, with the opening of a new patient tower and the Baptist Heart Institute. Consumers have rated Baptist Memphis their most preferred hospital for overall health care services in an independent National Research Corp. poll for the past 14 years in a row, and according to HealthGrades®, Baptist Memphis' cardiac and gastrointestinal surgery, as well as its stroke, pulmonary and critical care services were among the top 5 percent in the nation in 2010, resulting in the facility receiving the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical ExcellenceTM. For more information on Baptist Memphis, please call 901-226-5000 or visit

Baptist DeSoto is a 339-bed hospital that offers diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services. In 2001, the hospital completed an expansion project that nearly doubled its size, expanded its labor and delivery services and added open-heart surgery and radiation therapy. In April 2001, the Baptist DeSoto Outpatient Diagnostic Center and Women's Center opened, which houses DeSoto County's first open MRI, mammography services and other diagnostic tools. In November 2006, Baptist DeSoto opened a new, 11-story tower, featuring all-private rooms, expanded operating suites and a new emergency room. For more information about Baptist DeSoto, please call 662-772-4000 or visit


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