Published on March 03, 2010

U.S. News and World Report Names Baptist Golden Triangle’s Unit One of America’s Best Nursing Homes

COLUMBUS, Miss. - U.S. News and World Report recently named Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle's non-residential transitional care unit as one of the country's best nursing homes.

Baptist Golden Triangle received 14 out of 15 stars according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services study, which evaluated health inspections, nurse staffing and quality care measures.

"We are so pleased to have our transitional care unit named as one of America's Best Nursing Homes," said Baptist Golden Triangle CEO and Administrator Paul Cade.  "The recognition is truly a testament to the staff's hard work."

Baptist-Golden Triangle's non-residential transitional care unit has 23 beds; and patients typically stay in the unit 10-14 days. The unit is for patients who are not ready for the next level of care, whether it is returning to their home, a nursing home, intense rehab or an assisted living facility. An interdisciplinary team assesses the patients' needs and works toward improving independence. The therapy, dietary, respiratory and pharmacy departments work with the transitional care unit staff to implement an individualized plan of care. A weekly team conference is held for each patient, where family members are able to receive progress reports, preparing them for the patient's return home.

The U.S. News and World Report study is conducted by state inspectors at least every 15 months to determine compliance with Medicare and Medicaid standards for food safety, hiring practices, quality of care, and other aspects of running a nursing home. Homes get one to five stars based on the average amount of time nurses spend with patients, the percentage of residents who receive flu vaccinations and other preventative care, and the prevalence of pain, bedsores and other similar care issues.

With 328 beds, Baptist Golden Triangle is the largest regional hospital affiliated with the Memphis, Tenn.-based Baptist Memorial Health Care system. More than 100 physicians and surgeons, who represent almost every medical specialty, practice at the hospital, which offers a full range of comprehensive medical care to patients of all ages. The hospital offers a variety of services to the community, including the Baptist Centers for Cancer Care, hospice for the terminally ill, Baptist Behavioral Health Care-Willowbrook for those with behavioral and mental health problems, an emergency room with 24-hour ambulance service, an extensive rehabilitation department and educational programs. Baptist Golden Triangle employs more than 1,000 health care professionals. For more information, please call 662-244-1000 or visit goldentriangle.baptistonline.org.

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