New grant helps Baptist Hospital support continuum of care
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Feb. 14, 2013 – Baptist Hospital has received a $19,000 grant from The Baptist Healing Trust to support patients in receiving after-care and locating a primary care physician following a visit to the hospital’s emergency department.
The Baptist Hospital emergency department had over 38,000 patient encounters in 2012, many of which do not have a primary care provider or a medical home. Additionally, a large percentage of those patients are uninsured or require real time appointments with a primary care provider or specialist immediately to continue their care.
With financial support of the Baptist Healing Trust grant, Baptist Hospital will continue for a second year to work with MyHealthDirect, a health services solutions company that assists patients in finding a medical home to receive prompt after care. The company connects patients with 16 family and community clinics within Davison County in Nashville, Tenn., and more than 40 physicians.
“Our patients are our number one priority,” said Bernie Sherry, president and CEO of Baptist Hospital. “We know that after patients are discharged from our emergency room for non-emergent care, the most important thing is connecting them with a primary care provider or medical home. This ultimately reduces the long-term cost to patients and ensures they are receiving the best quality care.”
The Baptist Health Trust recently awarded funds totaling almost $2.1 million to 56 local non-profits for a variety of health related projects, according to President & CEO Cathy Self. The Baptist Healing Trust fosters access to compassionate healthcare in Middle Tennessee through its grant making and programs.
Recipients of the contributions include non-profit organizations from all over Middle Tennessee working to create access to quality, compassionate health services for the community’s most vulnerable. This year’s grants bring the collective grant making of the Baptist Healing Trust to over $59 million since 2002.
About Baptist Hospital
Baptist Hospital is a member of Saint Thomas Health, Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system with more than 6,500 associates. Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the health care experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes – Baptist Hospital, Saint Thomas Hospital and The Hospital for Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro and Hickman Community Hospital in Centerville – and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information, visit www.baptisthospital.com or www.sths.com.