Published on April 01, 2010

Baptist Transitions Lauderdale Hospital

RIPLEY, Tenn. - Baptist Memorial Health Care is transitioning Baptist Memorial Hospital-Lauderdale to HMC/CAH Consolidated Inc., a group that specializes in operating critical access hospitals.

"HMC/CAH has such a great track record in managing similar hospitals, so we believe this transition is best for the hospital and community," said Daryl Blalack, CEO and administrator of Baptist Lauderdale.  "We are proud to have played such a crucial role in bringing high-quality health care to Lauderdale County."

In 2009, Baptist Lauderdale contributed more than $6 million in community benefit, which includes uncompensated care, unpaid accounts and community support. All current employees will maintain their employment, and HMC/CAH plans to build a new replacement hospital. Effective today, Baptist Lauderdale will officially be known as Lauderdale Community Hospital.

"Baptist Lauderdale has an excellent reputation with a long history of community service," said Scott Tongate, CEO of Lauderdale Community Hospital.  "We are excited to combine our management services with the dedicated employees and medical staff here at the new Lauderdale Community Hospital. Our goal is to ensure that quality health care services continue to flourish in the Lauderdale community."

Baptist Lauderdale, located in Ripley, Tenn., became affiliated with Baptist Memorial Health Care in 1980. This 25-bed critical access facility includes a surgery department, medical/surgical wing, outpatient services and outpatient rehabilitation services. The hospital also provides a 24-hour, physician-staffed emergency department.

HMC/CAH was founded as an industry consolidator of critical access hospitals. Since 1982, HMC/CAH and its predecessor companies have provided consulting, development and management services to more than 800 hospitals throughout the United States.

In the past seven years, HMC and now HMC/CAH has worked with more than 200 rural hospitals, 150 of which have been critical access hospitals, and has completed approximately 25 hospital replacement or expansion projects. For more information on HMC/CAH, visit

One of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the United States, Baptist Memorial Health Care offers a full continuum of care to communities throughout the Mid-South. The Baptist system, which consistently ranks among the top integrated health care networks in the nation, comprises 14 hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas; more than 4,000 affiliated physicians; home, hospice and psychiatric care; minor medical centers and clinics; a network of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers; and an education system highlighted by the Baptist College of Health Sciences. Baptist has more than 2,600 licensed beds systemwide, employs more than 12,000 people and has approximately 90,000 discharges annually. In fiscal year 2009, Baptist provided $541 million in community benefit to the communities it serves. For more information about Baptist, please visit or call 800-4-BAPTIST.


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