Published on March 29, 2011

U.S. News and World Report Names Baptist Hospitals ‘High-Performing’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - U.S. News and World Report magazine today released a report ranking Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis and Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto among the top hospitals in the Memphis metro area.

To be included in the metro area report, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one medical specialty, and Baptist Memphis and Baptist DeSoto were named  high performing in a total of six specialties.

Four Baptist Memphis specialties, gastroenterology, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders and orthopedics, were named  high performing.

"We are delighted that U.S. News and World Report recognizes positive outcomes for survivability and patient safety at Baptist Memphis," said Derick Ziegler, administrator and CEO at Baptist Memphis. "This recognition comes right after we received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades for the fourth year in a row. This national recognition from U.S .News and World Report and HealthGrades attests to our vision to be a nationally recognized Center of Excellence."

Gastroenterology and urology were the two services ranked  high performing at Baptist DeSoto.

"Our staff work every day to provide the best patient care possible, James Huffman, administrator and CEO," said. "We are honored physicians surveyed across the country picked Baptist DeSoto as one of the top hospitals as ranked by reputation, patient safety, quality of care, and rate of success."

The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in 16 key medical specialties, including 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide.

U.S. News created the Best Hospitals rankings more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable and delicate pancreatic procedures.

"All of these hospitals provide first-rate care for the majority of patients, even those with serious conditions or who need demanding procedures," says Health Rankings editor Avery Comarow. "The new Best Hospitals metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area."

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® in 2011, 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, cardiac surgery, stroke treatment, pulmonary services, prostatectomy, GI medical treatment and critical care. For more information on Baptist Memphis, please call 901-226-5000 or visit

Baptist DeSoto is a 339-bed hospital that offers diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services. In November 2006, Baptist DeSoto opened a new, 11-story tower, featuring all-private rooms, expanded operating suites and a new emergency room. In 2010, Baptist DeSoto received the Hospital of the Year award (100 beds or more) from the Mississippi Nurses Association. The hospital offers open-heart surgery and a number of other cardiovascular services, and the emergency department's heart attack response rate is, on average, 30 minutes faster than the national benchmark. Baptist DeSoto' s inpatient rehabilitation program ranked in the top 1 percent in the nation for quality in a report based on 2009 performance outcomes. In 2010, the hospital's Women's Center became the first breast imaging facility in DeSoto County to offer digital mammography. The state of Mississippi recently raised the emergency department's trauma designation to Level III, enabling the facility to treat more serious emergency patients. For more information about Baptist DeSoto, please call 662-772-4000 or visit


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