Published on September 06, 2011

Baptist Memorial Medical Group Acquires Memphis Lung Physicians

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Baptist Memorial Medical Group announced recently the formation of Memphis Lung Physicians Foundation, the result of the recent acquisition of Memphis Lung Physicians.

Memphis Lung Physicians is a practice specializing in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, founded in 1978 with office locations in Memphis, DeSoto County and Collierville. In addition to critical care, the group focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of acute respiratory distress, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, obstructive sleep apnea and other pulmonary diseases and conditions.

Announcing the acquisition, Jason Little, executive vice president and chief operations officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care, said, "Baptist's priority is to provide the highest quality care possible to the people of the Mid-South. We believe that our partnership with Memphis Lung Physicians furthers that mission."

Memphis Lung has a strong history of working with Baptist and has played major roles in developing nationally recognized intensive care services at Baptist Memorial hospitals and developing sleep medicine services offered by Baptist. Physicians at Memphis Lung have worked to improve the outcomes of patients in Baptist Memorial hospitals' intensive care units by decreasing hospital acquired infections common to intensive care patients.

In May 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognized 37 hospital and health care facilities for their efforts to prevent--and eventually eliminate--health care-associated infections. The physicians at Memphis Lung helped Baptist Memphis receive the HHS Sustained Improvement Award--an honor earned by only six hospitals in the country--for reduction of these health care-associated infections. Their efforts have led to a 40 percent decrease in mortality for patients presenting with septic shock.

Jim Boswell, vice president of physician operations and chief executive officer for BMMG, said, "We are very proud to announce this partnership. BMMG's ultimate goal is to attract physicians in the Mid-South dedicated to the highest possible standard of care. The physicians of Memphis Lung have shown this to be their standard. Their commitment to excellence has and will continue to save lives."

Dr. Emmel Golden, president of Memphis Lung Physicians, stated, "The doctors and the staff of the new Memphis Lung Physicians Foundation will continue to provide high-quality, patient-centered care at Baptist Memphis, DeSoto and Collierville, and are thrilled to be a part of the BMMG family of physicians."

Since April 2009, BMMG has opened primary care and internal medicine physician practices in Arlington, Lakeland, Collierville, the Forest Hill area and several locations in Mississippi, with ongoing plans to expand to other areas and specialties. In 2010, BMMG acquired and formed a foundation with NEA Clinic, the largest physician group in Northeast Arkansas, and Stern Cardiovascular Center, one of the largest and most comprehensive cardiology group practices in the region. Most recently, BMMG acquired the Memphis-based Family Cancer Center, a comprehensive oncology practice.

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