Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia Wins Hospital Of The Year, Key Quality Measures Top Performer Awards

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia was recently recognized with two distinct honors – one from Arkansas Business and the other from The Joint Commission – both for the hospital’s quality and services offered to the residents of Clark County.

At the Arkansas Business Health Care Heroes awards luncheon, Nov. 18, in Little Rock, Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia was named the Hospital of the Year in the small hospital category. The hospital beat out two other finalists – CHI St. Vincent-Morrilton and NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital – for the honor.

Arkansas Business launched its Healthcare Heroes awards program this year to honor individuals, companies and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in Arkansas.

“Through these awards, we seek to salute excellence, encourage innovation, offer examples of best practices for others to emulate, raise awareness in the community, enhance the quality of healthcare, an, of course, recognize deserving individuals and organizations within the industry,” wrote Mitch Bettis, general manager/publisher of Arkansas Business, in the healthcare heroes supplement.

In addition, Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia was recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. The hospital earned this distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for surgical care, pneumonia and perinatal care.

Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia is one of only 1,043 hospitals out of 3,300 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction. The hospitals in this group represent the top 31.5 percent of those who reported accountability measure performance data for the 2014 calendar year.

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:

•Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;

•Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and

•Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions like heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, immunization, tobacco treatment and substance use.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

With more than 175 points of access including eight hospitals, Baptist Health is committed to delivering “All Our Best” to the people of Arkansas.  For information about Baptist Health, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-B-A-P-T-I-S-T.