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BHS Hospitals Again Earn Top Performer Recognition from Joint Commission
Thursday, November 14, 2013


Kate Darden, Vice President
Marketing and Communications


Birmingham, Ala---Three Baptist Health System hospitals were each named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. 

Princeton Baptist (Birmingham), Shelby Baptist (Alabaster) and Walker Baptist (Jasper) were recognized by The Joint Commission for their exemplary performance in using best practices shown to improve care for certain conditions. All three Baptist medical centers were recognized for their achievements in four areas:  heart attack, heart failure, surgery and pneumonia.

“Safe, effective care is what matters most to our patients. Physicians and staff at our hospitals understand that and strive daily to deliver safe, effective care,” said BHS President and CEO Shane Spees. “That is why Baptist Health System has made a strong commitment to use evidence-based clinical care processes that have been proven to lead to the best possible outcomes. We are proud to receive, again this year, the distinction of being named Top Performers by The Joint Commission.”

According to The Joint Commission, 1,099 hospitals throughout the nation were listed as Top Performers, which is approximately one-third of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that reported accountability measure performance data for 2012.

The Top Performer designation is awarded to hospitals – like Princeton, Shelby and Walker Baptist – who attain and sustain excellence in clinical care.

“All the Top Performer hospitals – such as Princeton, Shelby and Walker Baptist -- have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement, and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Dr. Mark R. Chassin, president and chief executive officer of The Joint Commission.

In addition to being included in The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Princeton, Shelby and Walker Baptist will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check web site (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of two The Joint Commission publications, The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.

About Baptist Health System
Baptist Health System, Inc. is one of the largest health care systems in Alabama and one of the state's largest employers. The System is a not-for-profit, 501(c) corporation that owns and manages four hospitals in the state of Alabama. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association, whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations. 

About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.


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