Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Spring County Recognized Again as Top-Performing Hospital by IBM Watson Health

MALVERN, Ark. – For a second year, IBM Watson Health has recognized Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Spring County in its list of top-performing hospitals in the U.S.

This year, the medical center was also named among 20 organizations as a recipient of the Everest Award, which honors hospitals that have both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement in the years of data analyzed.

“I am proud of our staff for receiving this recognition of the hard work and exceptional care they provide for our patients,” said Tony Hardage, president of Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Spring County. “This honor is a great reminder of the quality healthcare and focus given to those we serve that I see from our team on a consistent basis.”

The IBM Watson Health Top 100 Hospitals list annually identifies top-performing hospitals and health systems, and delivers insights that can help health care organizations focus their improvement initiatives on achieving consistent, balanced and sustainable high performance.

In determining the recipients, short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of patients were considered. Studies used to determine the lists were based on a balanced scorecard of measures of publicly available clinical, operational and patient-satisfaction metrics and data.

Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Spring County has a long tradition of providing quality patient care to residents of Hot Spring County and surrounding areas since the community hospital opened in 1923 and joined Baptist Health in 2014. To learn more about the services provided, visit or call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST.


For 100 years, Baptist Health has delivered All Our Best in health care through Christian compassion and innovative services. Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 250 points of access that include 11 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community; over 100 primary and specialty care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and allied health; a graduate residency program; and access to virtual care anytime, anywhere. It is also the largest private not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, providing care through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.