October 18, 2007

HealthGrades Study Ranks Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis Number 1 in Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, Baptist Memorial Hospital- Memphis ranks best in Tennessee for cardiac surgery, stroke care and gastrointestinal surgery & procedures. The study, the largest of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation's 5,000 hospitals over the years 2004, 2005 and 2006.

   The study also found that Baptist Memphis is:   --Recipient of the 2008 HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award(TM)   --Recipient of the 2008 HealthGrades GI Care Excellence Award(TM)   --Recipient of the 2008 HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award(TM)   --Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery   --Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke   --Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall GI Care   --Five-Star Rated for Cardiac Surgery   --Five-Star Rated for Coronary Bypass Surgery   --Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation   --Five-Star Rated for the Treatment of Stroke   --Five-Star Rated for Overall GI Services   --Five-Star Rated for GI Surgery & Procedures   --Five-Star Rated for the Treatment of Bowel Obstruction   --Five-Star Rated for the Treatment of Pancreatitis   --Five-Star Rated for Community Acquired Pneumonia   --Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism   --Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Respiratory Failure   

"This is a great honor for our hospital," said Jason Little, administrator and chief executive officer for the hospital. "This is a testament to how hard our physicians and employees work to provide top-notch care to our patients every day. It's exciting to have a national organization recognize our commitment to providing high-quality care, and I applaud our team of dedicated professionals for their compassion and commitment to excellence."

The Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study identifies key trends in the quality of care provided by approximately 5,000 hospitals nationwide. HealthGrades researchers analyzed Medicare discharges from virtually every U.S. hospital between 2004 and 2006. Risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates were calculated and hospitals were assigned a 1-star (poor), 3-star (as expected), or 5-star (best) quality rating for 28 diagnoses and procedures from heart failure to hip replacement to pneumonia.

About Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis

Baptist Memphis is the flagship hospital of the Baptist Memorial Health Care system and serves as a major referral system for patients throughout the Mid-South. The hospital offers numerous diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services and has added many beds in the past few years with the opening of a new patient tower and the Baptist Heart Institute. Consumers have named it their most preferred hospital for overall health care services in a National Research Corp. poll for the past 12 years.

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis

CONTACT: Mandy Scherer of Baptist Memorial, +1-901-227-3527,[email protected] or Scott Shapiro of HealthGrades, +1-720-963-6584,[email protected]

Web site: http://www.baptistonline.org/