Published on September 15, 2014

U.S. News & World Report ranks Baptist DeSoto No. 1 hospital in Mississippi

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - In its annual Best Regional Hospitals rankings, U.S. News & World Report rated Baptist DeSoto Mississippi’s No. 1 hospital.

Baptist DeSoto earned the ranking in part because the publication ranked more services than any other hospital in the state as "high performing." The overall ranking credential was based on reputation with specialists, survival, patient safety, and other care-related indicators such as nurse staffing, patient volume, certain clinically proven technologies and other measures related to quality of care.

"This is a tremendous honor for our hospital," said James Huffman, administrator and CEO of Baptist DeSoto. "I am so proud of all our team members and physicians because they all contributed to this outstanding achievement."

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. In 2011, the Emergency Department was upgraded to Level III.

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