Vizient Presents Quality Leadership Award to Baptist Golden Triangle

CEO and Administrator Paul Cade, left, accepts the Vizient 2022 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD. Top Ten Performer recognition from Vizient Senior Principal Lani Berman, center, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Michael Schwab, right, Vizient operations and quality executive of Birmingham, Alabama.

Representatives from Vizient visited Baptist Golden Triangle on Thursday, Dec. 15 to recognize the hospital for being a Top Ten Performer in the 2022 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD Quality Leadership Ranking. Baptist Golden Triangle was ranked 10th out of 148 hospitals in the Complex Care Medical Centers cohort. Vizient recognized hospitals in this category for demonstrating excellence in delivering high-quality care based on its Vizient Quality and Accountability Study, conducted annually since 2005.

Paul Cade, center, is shown with Baptist Golden Triangle senior leaders over quality and Vizient representatives, from left, Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Martin, Chief Nursing Officer Alicia Grant, Administrative Director for Quality Belinda Sanderson, Vizient Senior Principal Lani Berman, Associate Administrator Kayla Pruitt and Vizient Operations and Quality Executive Michael Schwab.

Lani Berman, Vizient senior principal, and Michael Schwab, Vizient operations and quality executive, presented the award to Baptist Golden Triangle Chief Executive Officer and Administrator Paul Cade. Berman said that Baptist Golden Triangle earned Top Ten Performer status in its first year in the company’s database, compared to other Top Ten Performer hospitals in the cohort who took much longer to earn the status.

Cade said the visit was a very special day for the medical staff and team members who work so hard each day to provide quality health care to patients. He congratulated the directors, managers and administrative team gathered for the award presentation.

Vizient uses patient-centered data from its clinical database, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network to measure member organizations’ performance in six domains — safety, effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness, mortality and equity of care.

Nationwide, 148 hospitals were ranked in the Complex Care Medical Centers category out of 650 hospitals participating. The Vizient Quality and Accountability Ranking helps participating health systems understand their performance against their peers and identifies structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care activity. The recognition period is from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.