Video: Baptist Golden Triangle Wins ‘Nightingale’ Award

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COLUMBUS, Miss. (Press Release) — Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle was recently selected ‘Hospital of the Year’ 100 beds or more, by the Mississippi Nurses Association. Baptist Golden Triangle was honored with the prestigious Nightingale Award on Monday, March 3.

The Nightingale Awards are given annually by the Mississippi Nurses Association and the Mississippi Nurses Foundation to honor individuals and organizations that have made a special effort to excel in the area of health care. This year, more than 80 nurses and hospitals across the state were nominated in 15 categories.

“I was honored to accept the Mississippi Nurses’ Association Nightingale ‘Hospital of the Year’ Award for hospitals with more than 100 beds on behalf of each of our employees at Baptist Golden Triangle,” said Paul Cade, administrator and CEO of Baptist Golden Triangle. “I was extremely proud to represent each of them in front of a room full of health care professionals from across the state. This award is a testament to the hard work of our employees, physicians and volunteers to provide quality care to our patients and speaks volumes about the contributions they make to the health care of our community,” he added.

“We are very proud of Baptist Golden Triangle’s employees for receiving a top honor,” said Randy King, vice president and market leader for Baptist Memorial Health Care. “Baptist Golden Triangle employees and physicians work hard every day to provide quality patient care,” he added.


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Cade said he felt the hospital’s recent quality recognitions, especially the 2013 VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence, was a major factor in receiving this year’s top Nightingale honor.

Baptist Golden Triangle was recognized in May 2013 as one of only 10 acute care hospitals larger than 250 beds and the only hospital in Mississippi to receive the VHA Award which honors hospitals across the United States for achieving national performance standards in the areas of clinical quality, safety and patient experience.

Also in 2013, the hospital earned ‘Top Performer’ recognition from the Joint Commission, the organization which accredits hospitals, for exemplary performance on key quality measures. Baptist Golden Triangle’s cardiac program was awarded the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s Silver Performance Achievement Award for a higher standard of care for cardiac patients, one of only 131 hospitals in the nation to receive this award.

Most recently, in February 2014, U.S. News and World Report named the hospital’s 23-bed non-residential Transitional Care Unit as one of the country’s best nursing home facilities in 2013. This was the third consecutive year the facility had received a perfect five-star rating in all three categories surveyed.

Baptist Golden Triangle Chief Medical Officer Jack Reed, M.D. said, “I’m extremely proud of this ‘Hospital of the Year’ recognition. It is a result of our employees and physicians working as a team to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients.”

“This award belongs to each one of our employees, physicians and our volunteers. They are the ones who come here everyday with one goal – to deliver the best possible care to our patients. I am extremely proud for them,” added Chief Nursing Officer Mary Ellen Sumrall.

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 free community educational programs.

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