Published on October 11, 2012

Baptist Memorial named No. 2 large employer in national Best Places to Work contest

MEMPHIS, Tenn.– Baptist Memorial Health Care recently was ranked No. 2 among large employers and 23 overall nationally in Modern Healthcare magazine's top 100 "Best Places to Work in Healthcare"

Close to 400 health care organizations across the country competed for this very prestigious distinction. According to the magazine, the annual Best Places to Work in Healthcare program recognizes health care employers for creating workplaces that enable employees to perform at their optimum level to provide patients and customers with the best possible patient care and services.

"Being named to Modern Healthcare's list of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2012 demonstrates that Baptist has built a culture where employees are supported and engaged, which benefits not only patients and customers but the employer's financial performance as well," said Fawn Lopez, vice president and publisher of Modern Healthcare. "These healthcare employers are models for others who are seeking to build a successful culture, resulting in optimum performance levels and benefits for their organization."

Baptist received the distinction at the Best Places to Work Gala Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Nashville, Tenn., and was one of only a few large health care systems to be named to the list.

"This honor is truly humbling for us," said Stephen C. Reynolds, president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care. "Our leaders, from unit managers and directors to our executive vice presidents, work hard to foster a workplace culture where our colleagues can thrive. We are so proud of the outstanding work our colleagues do, and it's so rewarding to see them respond and express their pride for the excellent environment all of our work family has established."

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 affiliate hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas; more than 4,000 affiliated physicians; the Baptist Medical Group, a multispecialty physician group with more than 350 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 2,300 licensed beds system-wide, employs more than 14,000 people and has approximately 85,000 admissions annually. In 2011, Baptist provided $169 million in community benefit throughout the Mid-South.

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