Published on May 17, 2011

Health and Human Services Recognizes Baptist Memphis’ Quality Efforts

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -  The Department of Health and Human Services recently recognized Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis for their efforts to combat health care.

Baptist Memphis was the only area hospital recognized with the Sustained Improvement Award for Achievements consistent progress in Eliminating Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia and Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections across an 18-to-24-month period.

"We are proud to provide advanced health care to the Mid-South," said Derick Ziegler, administrator and CEO at Baptist Memphis. "Our physicians, nurses and quality team strive to perform high-quality health care to all our patients."

This year marks the first time HHS has measured these efforts. Health care-associated infections affect one in every 20 patients and cost the nation billions of dollars per year.

Along with the Critical Care Societies Collaborative, HHS created the new national awards program to recognize successful and continued efforts to combat HAIs, especially in critical care settings.

Thirty six other hospitals and health care systems were commended for their quality efforts.

"These awards strive to motivate clinicians, hospital executives and facilities to improve clinical practice so the health care community cannot only reduce, but eventually eliminate health care-associated infections," said the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' director of professional practice and programs. "The awards recognize teams of critical care professionals whose notable achievements lead the way toward achieving this goal."

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 15 years in a row, and according to HealthGrades®, Baptist Memphis ranks in the top 5 percent nationally for emergency medicine and cardiac surgery and in the top 10 percent in the nation for overall cardiac services, stroke treatment, pulmonary services, prostatectomy, GI medical treatment and critical care. For more information on Baptist Memphis, please call 901-226-5000 or visit


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