Published on July 10, 2013

Baptist to break ground on pediatric Emergency Department at Women's Hospital

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - On Thursday, July 11, Baptist will break ground on a pediatric emergency department at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, the latest addition to the hospital's pediatric services.

The emergency room is slated to open in the spring of 2015 and will be staffed by pediatric emergency medicine physicians, hospitalists and an array of specialists who will care for patients, who will range from birth to age 18.

In May 2012, Baptist began transitioning pediatric services from its flagship hospital, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, to Baptist Women's Hospital, to provide a full continuum of care for area families, according to Baptist leadership.

The emergency department will compliment the pediatric diagnostic and inpatient and outpatient surgery services already available at the hospital. Three pediatric hospitalists, pediatricians who work mainly in hospitals, staff the hospital's pediatric services and provide 24-hour care.

"Offering pediatric services at Baptist Women's Hospital was a natural fit," said Jason Little, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Baptist. "We are responding to a community need by making our services more streamlined and convenient for patients."

Anita Vaughn, CEO and administrator of Baptist Women's Hospital added "We want parents to know they have a convenient option for pediatric care. The hospital's location provides easy access from all areas of town."

So far, the hospital has performed almost 1,600 outpatient diagnostic procedures and close to 500 surgeries.

And recently, the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation awarded a $550,000 grant to help Baptist Women's Hospital establish the Pediatric Eye Center, the area's first comprehensive eye center for babies and children. For the first time, families will be able to access the full continuum of care under one roof, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, surgery and follow-up care.

"The grant augments our mission of providing top-notch pediatric care to the Mid-South community," said Anita Vaughn.

Baptist Women's Hospital opened in May 2001 and is the area's first and only freestanding women's hospital. The hospital offers labor and delivery, gynecological surgery, a 40-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is a regional referral center for high-risk pregnancies, mammography diagnostics and urogynecology.

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. Baptist recently was ranked No. 2 among large employers and No. 23 overall nationally in Modern Healthcare magazine's top 100 "Best Places to Work in Healthcare." 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; Baptist Medical Group, a multispecialty physician group with more than 400 providers; 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.

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