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Baptist Golden Triangle Earns Quality Rating

COLUMBUS, Miss. — Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle has been named a top performer on Key Quality Measures® by the Joint Commission, one of 1,099 hospitals in the United States earning the distinction.

The Joint Commission, the organization which accredits hospitals, recognized the hospitals for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions.

Baptist Golden Triangle was recognized for top performance in four areas: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. This is the second straight year that Baptist Golden Triangle has received the award and been recognized in four areas of care.

“We are proud of this recognition,” said Paul Cade, administrator and CEO of Baptist Golden Triangle. “Our colleagues and physicians using best practices to treat our patients is the reason we were named a top performer.”

The list of Top Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year, and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012. “Baptist Golden Triangle and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement, and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., president and chief executive officer of The Joint Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year.

Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”

Baptist North Mississippi, Baptist Booneville and Baptist Union County were designated as Top Performer hospitals as well.

With 315 beds, Baptist Golden Triangle is the largest regional hospital affiliated with the Memphis, Tenn.-based Baptist Memorial Health Care system. With physicians and surgeons representing almost every medical specialty practicing at the hospital and more than 1,000 health care employees, Baptist Golden Triangle offers a wide range of comprehensive medical care to patients of all ages.

In addition to the Baptist Cancer Center-Golden Triangle, the hospital offers a variety of services to the community, including Baptist Behavioral Health Care for those with behavioral and mental health problems; an emergency room with 24-hour ambulance service; and an extensive rehabilitation department, including cardiac rehab and educational programs.

For more information, please call 662-244-1000 or visit http://goldentriangle.baptistonline.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Baptistgoldentriangle.