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COLUMBUS, Miss. – Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle was recently given a 2013 VHA Leadership for Clinical Excellence award. The facility was recognized as one of only 10 acute care hospitals larger than 250 beds and the only hospital in Mississippi to receive the distinction. The award honors hospitals for achieving national performance standards for all three Leadership award categories; clinical quality, safety and patient experience.

The VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence recognizes organizations that achieve top performance in care measures tracked by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Winners are selected based on a composite score consisting of three elements: 1) Value-Based Purchasing Total Performance Score, which includes Core Measures and the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Services survey results; 2) 30-day readmission rates; and 3) Medicare cost data.

The award was presented at the May 1 VHA national meeting in Las Vegas, NV.

“Our doctors, nurses and staff are the reason we won this distinguished national award. I am proud that we represent the only hospital in Mississippi to win this award.” said Paul Cade, administrator and CEO of Baptist Golden Triangle. “We all work hard every day to provide quality clinical care to all of our patients,” he added.

“This award recognizes the quality care we provide and our dedication to providing not only consistently high levels of clinical care but also our efforts to continually improve that performance to produce better outcomes for our patients,” added Baptist Golden Triangle Chief Medical Officer Jack Reed, MD.

VHA is made up of 1,350 not-for-profit health care organizations and 72,000 non-acute care providers nationwide that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain and identify and implement best practices to improve efficiency and clinical outcomes.

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.

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