Published on January 26, 2010

Baptist Memphis Ranks Among Top Five Percent in Nation for Third Consecutive Year

MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis announced today that a new study ranks its clinical quality among the top five percent in the nation for the third year in a row.

The study by HealthGrades, an independent health care ratings organization, analyzed patient outcomes at each of the nation's 5,000 nonfederal hospitals from 2006 until 2008 and named hospitals in the top five percent HealthGrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence"!.

"Our employees and physicians are the reasons we won this award," said Zach Chandler, administrator and CEO of Baptist Memphis. "They work so hard every day to make sure our patients receive the best care possible."

According to the eighth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, Baptist Memphis demonstrated patient outcomes that far exceeded those of other hospitals. Patients admitted to these hospitals had risk-adjusted mortality rates that were, on average, 29 percent lower than all other hospitals. Risk-adjusted complication rates were, on average, 9 percent lower than all other hospitals.

Baptist Memphis is the only West Tennessee hospital and one of only 269 hospitals that received this distinction from HealthGrades. Baptist Memphis is also ranked no. 1 in Tennessee for cardiac surgery, stroke, gastrointestinal and pulmonary care, and best in Memphis for prostatectomy and critical care, according to HealthGrades.

"Our data show that only a select few hospitals achieve high-quality patient outcomes not just in a few categories of care, but across the board and over time," said Dr. Rick May, a vice president with HealthGrades and an author of the study.  "Patients in communities with a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence should feel proud of the hospital's accomplishments and confident that the level of care there is among the very best in the nation."

Between 2006 and 2008, the HealthGrades study found that Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence lowered their risk-adjusted mortality rates by an average of 14 percent compared with a 10 percent average improvement at all other hospitals.

This is the eighth year HealthGrades has independently analyzed the clinical quality performance of all nonfederal hospitals across the country in 26 procedures and diagnoses. In the study, the company reviewed approximately 40 million hospitalization records from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, from 2006, 2007 and 2008. All hospitals that participate in the Medicare program were part of the independent study. Hospitals that receive the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence rank in the top five percent when all 26 individual scores are aggregated into an overall score.

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. For more information, please call 901-226-5000 or visit


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