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Baptist Picks Up Honor

Posted by WCBI News Director | July 31, 2012 / 11:31am | Local News, Business, Health
MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 27, 2012--Modern Healthcare magazine named Baptist Memorial Health Care one of the nation's top 100 "Best Places to Work in Healthcare." Close to 400 health care organizations across the country competed for this very prestigious national distinction.

According to the magazine, the Best Places to Work in Healthcare program recognizes outstanding employers in the health care industry. Although, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City in Union City, Tenn., made the list in 2010 and 2011, this year Baptist Memorial Health Care elected to contend for this award as an entire health care system and team; Baptist was one of a few large systems to be named to the list.

The extensive application and selection process required Baptist to assimilate information throughout the system exemplifying its many attributes in an array of categories. In addition, employees throughout the Baptist system were selected at random to participate in the employee survey process which is another component in the Modern Healthcare Best Place to Work validation process. Modern Health Care Best Place to Work committee then assesses each organization on its organizational merits and employee survey participation and responses.

"We are honored to receive this award because it tells us our colleagues appreciate the culture we try to establish and sustain throughout our system," said Stephen Reynolds, Baptist's president and CEO. "Throughout our 100-year history, we have strived for excellence in everything we do. To be named among the nation's best health care workplaces continues that tradition into our next 100 years."

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 300 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.

"We are fortunate to have 14,000 remarkable colleagues who demonstrate their commitment to our patients, customers and each other every day to make Baptist an extraordinary place to work," said John Lacy, Baptist's assistant vice president of human resources. "Being included on this list as a health care system is a tribute to their hard work, dedication to service excellence, and our strong system integration."
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