Published on October 05, 2010

Baptist Memphis Recognized Nationally for Glucose Control Practices

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis was recognized by the Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs nation-wide, for its efforts in managing glucose control.

The Joint Commission extensively reviewed the clinical information for Baptist Memphis' glucose control practices before it was accepted into the Leading Practice Library.

The Leading Practice Library allows Joint Commission-accredited organizations to learn from similar facilities that have implemented patient safety and quality programs.

Better glucose control further improves patient outcomes by shortening the length of stay and increasing survival rates. Good glucose control can also help patients recover faster.

"We are so pleased that our facility was recognized for having a best practice model for glucose control that will now be used by other hospitals throughout the country," said Derick Ziegler, administrator and CEO of Baptist Memphis. "We hope our best practices will help other hospitals in their efforts to provide quality patient care."

The ideal range for glucose rates, 60-180 mg/dL, was reached in more that 85 percent of Baptist Memphis' patients in 2008 and 2009. Maintaining this range is considered by most health care experts as a good quality indicator for all patients, including those with diabetes.

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 memphis.baptistonline.org.

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