Baptist Leader Newsletter

The Leader is Baptist Memorial Health Care’s employee newsletter. Distributed every week, it chronicles the latest news and events happening at Baptist entities, and it also includes feature stories on Baptist’s services and employees.

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May 31, 2013

  • NEA Baptist colleagues plan move to new 550,000+ square-foot facility
  • Vote for Baptist in the annual Memphis Most poll
  • Baptist College acquires new teaching tool with Foundation grant

May 17, 2013

  • Baptist colleagues to take 2013 Employee Opinion Survey online May 20–June 24
  • Baptist Tipton's new blood draw station provides more convenient service for patients
  • 30-year Shrine School partnership is life changing for Baptist Trinity colleagues

May 3, 2013

  • The Baptist Leader is moving online!
  • Baptist Medical Group partners with River City Pediatrics
  • Mobile Mammography Van to screen colleagues at Baptist metro entities

April 19, 2013

  • Minor Med patients can now rest and relax at home with new app
  • Baptist Memphis colleagues raise funds for new in-house Employee Wellness Center
  • Baptist colleague Kurlick supports injured veterans in Wounded Warrior Ride

April 5, 2013

  • New Baptist Operation Outreach partnership to serve homeless women and children
  • State approves Baptist's plans for a new rehabilitation facility
  • Life Planning: It IS for Everyone!

March 22, 2013

  • Baptist to Launch HumanaVitality wellness program for colleagues and families
  • Baptist named among top 10 in the nation for community outreach
  • Mid-South Therapy Dogs & Friends help elderly patients become mobile, lift spirits

March 8, 2013

  • Leader's Corner: Our Second Century of Health Care
  • Baptist Rehab Huntingdon gets a gold record artists back on his feet
  • Sleep Awareness Week: More quality rest is better for your health

March 8, 2013

  • Purchase Baptist-branded apparel and accessories through new online store
  • Baptist College and Blue Mountain College partner to offer dual degree programs
  • Ask the Expert: Eight things you should know about birth defects

February 22, 2013

  • Medical Alternatives Celebrates 25 years of home infusion services
  • Bob Gordon to retire as EVP and CAO
  • Baptist helps Pass It On to a colleagues who has a life mission to help others

February 8, 2013

  • Baptist Memphis colleagues give Trezevant students advice on health care jobs
  • John Lacy to succeed Larry Braughton as Vice President of Human Resources
  • Service First Award winners use maggot therapy to avoid patient's foot amputation

January 25, 2013

  • Purchase Baptist-branded apparel and accessories through new online store
  • Baptist College and Blue Mountain College partner to offer dual degree programs
  • Ask the Expert: Eight things you should know about birth defects

January 11, 2013

  • Four physician practices join Baptist Medical Group
  • Baptist sponsors the fitness facility at new Salvation Army Kroc Center
  • New photos unveiled at Baptist Women's Gallery of Hope for NICU families


December 28, 2012

  • Baptist colleagues give back during fourth annual Tree of Faith, Hope and Love
  • New Baptist Children's Eye Centre to serve as a regional resource
  • Baptist colleagues spread holiday cheer and give back to those in need

December 14, 2012

  • Time capsule to document 100 years of healing, preaching and teaching
  • New faith-oriented Centennial Speaker Series and Christmas Chapel Service
  • Baptist Trinity named top home health provider for seventh consecutive year

November 30, 2012

  • Home Care & Hospice colleagues help football player live his dream
  • Baptist Golden Triangle opens Starkville Clinic
  • Baptist Names Corporate Privacy and Security Officer

November 16, 2012

  • New Baptist OneCare kicks off with Discovery
  • Healthy habits win Baptist colleagues AHA Lifestyle Change Awards
  • Ask the Expert: What you need to know about hospice care

November 2, 2012

  • Baptist collaborates with Vanderbilt to enhance cancer care for Mid-South patients
  • Vaughn's leadership, community involvement distinguished by new roles and awards
  • Readers vote Baptist Huntingdon best in the county

October 19, 2012

  • Colleague's breast cancer journey inspires early detection
  • Getting to Know Heather Taylor
  • Long-time Baptist DeSoto volunteer among veterans to be honored Nov. 12

October 5, 2012

  • New hospital coding process centralizes efforts for the Baptist system
  • Baptist hospitals named Top Performers by the Joint Commission
  • Baptist donates defibrillators to help a community theater save lives

September 21, 2012

  • Baptist DeSoto program to give pharmacy graduates well-rounded training
  • Personal challenge at Baptist Memphis tracks the wellness journey of colleagues
  • Safety Matters: Handwashing

September 7, 2012

  • Baptist Memorial Health Care events around the system
  • BMG Boston Baskin physician earns $3 million grant to study lung cancer
  • Baptist salutes our health care heroes

August 24, 2012

  • Hospice care expressed through art at the Centennial Art of Caring Event
  • Christian Mobile Dental Clinic gives patients something to smile about
  • Epic project management team to lead transition

August 10, 2012

  • Chronic disease doesn't stop Baptist pharmacist from riding for MS research
  • Baptist named one of Best Places to Work in Healthcare 2012
  • Baptist Nursing Administration Fellow studies nursing scope of practice

July 27, 2012

  • Doctor's faith inspires a Baptist family and leaves a life-long impression
  • Baptist provided more than $169 million in community benefit in 2011
  • Baptist colleagues invited to Camp Wellness to kick off new pediatric services at Baptist Women's

July 13, 2012

  • Baptist signs contract with Epic to provide electronic health records
  • Baptist and Shelby Farms partner to promote wellness in Memphis
  • Baptist DeSoto opens first Wound Management Center in North Mississippi

June 29, 2012

  • Gifts to the Harwood Center help children with disabilities get a better start in life
  • Ask the Expert: Soak up summer, not the sun
  • Need a doctor? Baptist Minor Medical Centers offer convenient urgent care

June 15, 2012

  • HealthGrades names Baptist DeSoto No. 1 in Mississippi for Cardiology services in 2012
  • Safety Matters: Pairing up to prevent pressure ulcers
  • Getting to know Dr. Marsha Lee of Baptist Medical Group-Lakeland Primary Care

June 1, 2012

  • Baptist announces leadership changes
  • Baptist and Christ Community Health Services' partnership offers care to the city's neediest population
  • Vote for Baptist entities in the annual Memphis Most poll

May 18, 2012

  • Baptist copywriter debuts his first novel with a story about puffins
  • Baptist colleague makes a difference training dogs
  • Ask the Expert: Cardiovascular Health

May 4, 2012

  • Baptist Medical Group acquires Cordova internal medicine practice
  • Colleague's Corner: The Art of Empathy
  • Things to know about Baptist’s Centennial Colleague’s Celebration with the Redbirds

April 20, 2012

  • Wear your Baptist Centennial Polo Shirt to Work Day on Friday, May 11
  • Honduran patient’s open heart surgery proves others have a big heart too
  • Ask the Expert: Stem cells and bone marrow transplants

April 6, 2012

  • Join us for Baptist's Centennial Celebration Weekend at AutoZone Park
  • Patsy Cline tribute to benefit Baptist College Centennial Scholarship Fund
  • Getting to know Dr. Margaret Gore

March 23, 2012

  • Baptist Huntingdon surgery center helps patient get back on the dance floor
  • Baptist DeSoto emergency department accredited as a Chest Pain Center
  • Baptist Rehab-Germantown brings robotic rehabilitation technology to Mid-South patients

March 9, 2012

  • Baptist Memphis acquires new heart valve replacement technology
  • 100 nurse leader certifications for 100 years of patient care
  • Getting to know Dr. John Craig

February 24, 2012

  • Memphis Heart Clinic physicians join Stern Cardiovascular Foundation
  • Ask the Expert: Women and heart disease
  • Cyberknife radiosurgery system treats patient's cancerous tumors, restores life

February 10, 2012

  • Jonesboro declares Stephen C. Reynolds Day honoring health care contributions
  • Baptist receives top women's health accreditation
  • Baptist colleagues honor the life of Germantown-Rehab CFO Chetan Parekh

January 27, 2012

  • Well Beyond a Century–Baptist's yearlong celebration of 100 years of care
  • Baptist Tipton nurse has no intention of slowing down after 65 years at work
  • Baptist Memphis patient reconnects with his life savers for a once in a lifetime reunion

January 13, 2012

  • Baptist names administrative director for new integrated cancer center
  • Isabel Webb awarded volunteer of the year for nearly 20 years of service at Baptist DeSoto
  • Baptist Golden Triangle begins new program to help improve patient care


December 30, 2011

  • Colleagues reflect on end-of-life care during the Hospice House one-year anniversary
  • Annual Tree of Faith, Hope and Love event provides food, clothing and toiletries
  • Baptist Memphis nurse uses training to help save a life while volunteering

December 16, 2011

  • Patti LaBelle entertains sellout crowd with recipes and healthy living tips
  • Maintain personal information and view payroll details on the new Employee Self-Service
  • Donate to the 2011 United Way Campaign

December 2, 2011

  • Medical-minded students gain health care experience in the BMHCC Scholars Program
  • Coping with loss during the holidays can be easier through maintaining traditions
  • Baptist corporate communications team earns eight MarCom Awards

November 18, 2011

  • Veterans Day celebration at Baptist DeSoto pays tribute to those who serve
  • Baptist Memphis earns 16th consecutive Consumer Choice award
  • Baptist seeks area residents' input on community needs
November 4, 2011
  • Baptist North Mississippi implements enhanced physician application
  • Tuition deferral program benefits BCHS students and Baptist Memorial Health Care
  • Baptist Rehab-Germantown holds annual 5K to benefit neurologic patients
October 21, 2011
  • Take the Baptist Leader survey online for a chance to win a $100 gift card
  • Breast cancer survivor attributes yearly mammogram to saving her life
  • Health and Human Service recognizes Baptist Memphis' quality efforts
October 7, 2011
  • Baptist Memorial Health Care entities welcome new managers and directors
  • Baptist Memorial Medical Group acquires three primary care clinics
  • Former high school football star finds balance at Baptist Huntingdon
September 23, 2011
  • BMMG announces formation of Integrity Oncology Foundation
  • Getting to know Dr. Darrell Sneed
  • New robotic surgical technology arrives at three Baptist hospitals
September 9, 2011
  • Baptist Memphis unveils new cancer treatment tool
  • Baptist Memorial Medical Group acquires Memphis Lung Physicians
  • Leapfrog Group results comfirm commitment to safety
August 26, 2011
  • Football player learns to walk again at Baptist Rehab-Germantown after hit and run
  • State approves certificate of need for Baptist comprehensive cancer center
  • Baptist signs final agreement for North Mississippi hospital
August 12, 2011
  • Baptist hospitals recognize nurses with DAISY Awards
  • Former NICU patient pursues nursing education through University of Memphis
  • BMMG announces formation of comprehensive Family Cancer Center Foundation
July 29, 2011
  • Getting kids ready to return to school begins with proper sleep schedule
  • Ask the Expert: Preparing for your doctor's appointment
  • Baptist Trinity volunteer finds strength through work at hospice house
July 15, 2011
  • Baptist creative services department recognized with top awards
  • Two Baptist hospitals recognized nationally
  • Baptist Huntingdon awards Shelby Taylor with health care scholarship
June 30, 2011
  • Baptist nurses invited to participate in commemorative cookbook
  • Getting to know Dr. Andre Grisham
  • Baptist Memorial hospitals welcome new managers and directors
June 17, 2011
  • Warrington named chairman of the board for Chamber of Commerce
  • BCHS offers new medical laboratory science degree for fall 2012
  • Baptist Golden Triangle acquires new oncology technology
June 3, 2011
  • BCHS recognizes faculty member who goes above and beyond expectations
  • Help recent disaster victims
  • Pillow of comfort
May 20, 2011
  • Baptist nurse recruiter proves dreams can come true with release of novel
  • Baptist takes leadership to the next level
  • Proven option for sinus surgery now available at Baptist DeSoto
May 6, 2011
  • John Lacy returns to Baptist as assistant vice president of human resources
  • Getting to know Dr. Joshua Dillon
  • Vestibular disorders manageable through variety of physical therapies
April 21, 2011
  • Baptist DeSoto upgraded to Level III trauma center
  • Smith earns DAISY Award at Baptist Memphis
  • Proper diet and nutrition can lead to heart-healthy life
April 8, 2011
  • Baptist DeSoto volunteer's dedication to service honored at 90th birthday party
  • Getting to know Dr. Robert Humphreys
  • U.S. News and World Report names Baptist hospitals 'high performing'
March 25, 2011
  • James Grantham named assistant administrator at Baptist Union County
  • Baptist to host annual Girls' Day Out
  • Ask the Expert: Spring Allergies
March 11, 2011
  • Baptist provides free health screenings at Women’s Heart Sunday
  • Getting to know Dr. Arie Szatkowski
  • NEA Baptist Health System to begin construction on new facilities
February 25, 2011
  • Bar-coding system improves patient safety through electronic verification
  • Moore receives DAISY Award at Baptist DeSoto
  • Heart of Caring: Hospice house provides comfortable atmosphere for patients
February 11, 2011
  • Baptist Collierville offers patients a new lease on life with Bioness rehab system
  • BCHS provides real life patient experience for students
  • Reynae Bennett named Baptist’s first nurse leadership coach
January 28, 2011
  • Chief operating officer celebrates 29 years with Baptist at career celebration
  • NEA Baptist showcases new medical technology at open house
  • Survey names Baptist has the highest ranked health care system in the Mid-South
January 14, 2011
  • Baptist announces leadership changes
  • BMMG announces partnership with Stern Cardiovascular Center
  • Baptist Golden Triangle administrator graduates from state leadership program


December 30, 2010
  • Operation Outreach provides for those in need with Tree of Faith, Hope and Love
  • Baptist Tipton colleagues credit annual training for quick response to stairwell fire
  • Baptist hospitals welcome new managers and directors
December 17, 2010
  • Gordon recognized with inaugural MCHE Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Money Matters: Stay safe when shopping online
  • Baptist Golden Triangle welcomes new managers and directors
December 3, 2010
  • Corporate communications colleagues take on new roles
  • Baptist hosts second free flu shot event
  • Baptist Minor Medical Center welcomes new director
November 19, 2010
  • Local quilt guild makes nearly 70 lap quilts for Baptist Trinity hospice patients
  • Murphy receives certification in vestibular rehabilitation
  • Nevels named executive director of Baptist Foundation
November 5, 2010
  • Cade named president of MHA’s Prairie Hospital Council
  • From the CDC: Flu Vaccine
  • BCHS receives grant from HRSA to purchase educational equipment
October 22, 2010
  • Baptist celebrates 25 years of transplants with new campaign
  • From the CDC: Flu Facts
  • Baptist DeSoto receives maximum accreditation for rehab services
October 8, 2010
  • Breast cancer survivors celebrate victory at Baptist’s second Pink Tie Event
  • Baptist DeSoto hosts free flu shot event
  • Baptist Memphis recognized nationally for glucose control
September 24, 2010
  • Baptist employment services streamlines application process with new system
  • Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown receives maximum accreditation
  • Baptist hospitals announce open enrollment dates
September 10, 2010
  • Baptist DeSoto chosen to participate in FDA clinical trial
  • Baptist North Mississippi nurse saved a life on vacation
  • Baptist colleagues to participate in fall fundraising walks
August 27, 2010
  • Baptist DeSoto kicks off Habitat for Humanity project with meet and greet
  • Overloaded backpacks can cause health concerns in children
  • Foster named MPhA Distinguished Young Pharmacist
August 13, 2010
  • Holifield finds joy in helping others heal
  • Baptist mourns the loss of colleagues
  • Baptist Foundation to host annual Art of Caring auction
July 30, 2010
  • NEA Baptist celebrates groundbreaking of integrated health care system
  • Operation Outreach helps Memphis woman strive for a better future
  • Parsons named administrator at Baptist Union City
July 16, 2010
  • Baptist DeSoto’s Volunteen program offers up-close health care experience
  • Shuntay Carter begins yearlong Groner Fellowship
  • Baptist Huntingdon awards health care scholarship to local student
July 2, 2010
  • Basket of HOPE brings joy to families
  • Baptist announces leadership changes
  • Proper hydration and outdoor safety can prevent heat stroke and other illnesses
June 18, 2010
  • Volunteers build hope for Habitat family
  • Baptist announces new medical group management team
  • Farber joins Baptist Trinity as advance care planner
June 4, 2010
  • Baptist Collierville prayer garden offers place of peace for patients and loved ones
  • Baptist and Davis Vision launch partnership to assist homeless Memphians
  • Baptist copywriter's debut novel set for early 2012 release
May 21, 2010
  • Baptist North Mississippi’s C.A.R.E.S. program aids autistic children
  • Baptist kicks off Moments that Matter campaign May 11
  • Baptist Union County opens expanded newborn nursery
May 6, 2010
  • Baptist nurses named to Celebrate Nursing’s Excellent 11
  • Baptist Memphis SIM lab center to open
    May 11, 2010
  • Baptist Golden Triangle honors volunteers
April 23, 2010
  • Hospice volunteers provide 'little seeds of kindness' to terminally ill patients
  • Joint Venture eases the minds of joint replacement patients
  • BCHS recognizes Wientjes with DAISY Award
April 9, 2010
  • Baptist pays tribute to Hospital Wing crew killed in March accident
  • Baptist Women's Hospital recognizes dedicated colleagues
  • Baptist to host annual Girls' Day Out
March 26, 2010
  • Abbay receives Young Dietitian award
  • Local sponsors present Mid-South Baby Expo
  • Golden Triangle donates to MSMS Foundation
March 12, 2010
  • Mississippi Nurses Association names Baptist DeSoto Hospital of the Year
  • Baptist hospitals promote MRSA safety tactics
  • Baptist colleagues contribute to Haiti relief efforts
February 26, 2010
  • Volunteer provides inspiration to patients
  • Baptist Collierville earns BlueCross distinction
  • Kennedy named president-elect of Mississippi Health Care Executives board
February 12, 2010
  • Baptist Home Medical Equipment named quality respiratory care provider
  • Baptist North Mississippi named breast imaging center of excellence
  • Baptist creates end-of-life task force
January 29, 2010
  • Baptist and NEA Clinic announce new not-for-profit health system
  • Baptist Foundation provides relief to earthquake victims
  • Edmonds joins Baptist DeSoto as director of pastoral care
January 15, 2010
  • Baptist releases 2009 community benefit report
  • Booneville doctor finds joy in healthy hobby
  • Baptist DeSoto begins monthly heart patient support group


December 31, 2009
  • Baptist Women's Hospital provides hope to newborns with cool-cap
  • Maddox receives Distinguished Service Award
  • Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown provides Christmas gifts to Head Start students
December 18, 2009
  • Baptist DeSoto to offer smoking cessation program
  • Baptist hospitals receive grants for new programs
  • Baptist Memphis collects toys for Porter-Leath
December 4, 2009
  • Baptist Memphis earns 14th Consumer Choice award
  • Baptist Huntingdon celebrates Veterans Day
  • Baptist Golden Triangle welcomes new managers and directors
November 20, 2009
  • Celebrating more than 50 years of service
  • United Way campaign begins Dec. 1
  • Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown sponsors Gobble Wobble 5K at Germantown Athletic Club
November 6, 2009
  • Baptist Trinity's Camp Good Grief aids grieving children in Alaska
  • Baptist colleagues participate in Komen Race for the Cure
  • Booker named Volunteer of the Year
October 23, 2009
  • McCallister receives state HR service award
  • Baptist Booneville received ACR accreditation
  • Celebrating 20 years in Oxford
October 9, 2009
  • Baptist raises more than $80,000 for Heart Walk
  • 51 Teams participate in Cardiac Classic
  • Celebrating survivors at the Pink Tie Event
September 24, 2009
  • A day of helping out
  • Reception honors ICU and respiratory therapy staff
  • New rules, penalties for violating HIPAA guidelines
September 11, 2009
  • Teamwork doesn't make it easy; it makes it easier
  • Getting patient satisfaction continuity
  • Mayor still ticking after mock heart attack
August 28, 2009
  • Chandler named administrator; Little to oversee metro hospitals
  • Systemwide preparation for seasonal flu
  • Office of e-health initiatives joins new statewide electronic health information partnership
August 14, 2009
  • Baptist Foundation to host charity art auction
  • Building a base of evidence for future leadership
  • The only thing missing was the brand new Cadillac
July 31, 2009
  • Baptist to launch new intranet
  • Transforming care starts at the bedside
  • Helping children cope with grief
July 17, 2009
  • New comforts, amenities at new Women's Health Center
  • Getting through that first year
  • Concrete poured for Hospice House
July 3, 2009
  • Ribbon-cutting for new ER
  • Research helps smallest patients
  • Breaking ground on education center
June 19, 2009
  • Reminder of a life of service—Dr. Garrett Sr.
  • CRASH into a clinical career
  • Ready for a new era of education and clinical practice
June 5, 2009
  • Missions to spread the message of healing
  • Spring Above & Beyond campaign set to begin
  • BBB warns against H1N1 Flu scams
May 22, 2009
  • Lana moves in
  • H1N1 flu update
  • Mays & Schnapp celebrate 30 years
May 8, 2009
  • Swine Flu Update
  • What's ailing you?
  • Safety matters - Better check again
April 24, 2009
  • Front-line changes from the front line
  • Getting results for diabetes management
  • Surveys offer chance to change workplace
April 10, 2009
  • BLI introduces fourth class
  • Dent honored with Nightengale Award
  • Baptist Trinity Hospice House Campaign update
March 27, 2009
  • A loyal Life—Jerry Brantley to retire April 3, 2009
  • Safety Matters—Anticipate and adapt to meet needs of two patients
  • Antepartum unit receives gift from the cosmos
March 13, 2009
  • Colleagues contribute $1 million to Hospice House campaign
  • Building a home
  • Watridge names medical society president
February 27, 2009
  • Creating a safe workplace
  • Baptist nursing incorporates research and practice
  • Baptist Trinity Hospice House employee campaign reaching new heights
February 13, 2009
  • Baptist implements discount program
  • A place for inspiration
  • A gift of appreciation
January 30, 2009
  • The Baptist Blues man
  • Foundation unveils new Web site
  • Baptist to host eighth women's heart Sunday event
January 16, 2009
  • The future of health care
  • Survey results show demand for patient experiences
  • Pastoral and palliative care meet; discuss care roles
January 2, 2009
  • Community benefit reaches all-time high
  • Baptist to build Habitat home
  • Ferguson appointed to statewide nursing organization board

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