Published on May 17, 2013

Community Health Alliance and Baptist Memorial Health Care Enter Collaborative Agreement

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Community Health Alliance (CHA), Tennessee's health insurance CO-OP, and Baptist Memorial Health Care have entered into a collaborative partnership to provide consumers with comprehensive patient-centered care. This is one of many managed care agreements Community Health Alliance is developing across the state as it assembles its network of preferred providers.

"This is another important milestone for Community Health Alliance, and we couldn't be more pleased to have Baptist Memorial Health Care as part of our hospital network," said Jerry Burgess, Community Health Alliance CEO. "Baptist has a rich history of admirably serving the needs of their communities, which makes them an ideal partner for Community Health Alliance's nonprofit mission and purpose. Together, we will enhance and expand access to care for thousands of Tennesseans, all while improving outcomes and reducing costs."

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; Baptist Medical Group, a multispecialty physician group with more than 450 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.

"This partnership is a first for our region, and our goal is to offer greater access to health care by providing affordable options," said David Elliott, vice president of managed care for Baptist Memorial Health Care. "We look forward to working with Community Health Alliance to provide a quality care partnership to the communities we serve."

Community Health Alliance (CHA) is Tennessee's health insurance CO-OP, created as part of the Affordable Care Act. With CHA, consumers have a choice and a VOICE in their health care coverage. A few things that make the company unique: Transparency through its member governance, nonprofit status with all funds dispersed back into the company to benefit members, patient-focused and provider-engaged care, customer friendly size and attitude. Just like any insurance company, Community Health Alliance will be an approved carrier, regulated by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, and is a member of the State Guaranty Fund. Enrollment opportunities begin on Oct.1, with policies effective Jan. 1, 2014. For more information, visit or call 888-415-3332. For more information about Baptist Memorial Health Care, visit or call 800-422-7847.