This week we announced plans to build an outpatient surgery center in Jackson, Tennessee, in partnership with The Jackson Clinic, one of the state’s largest and most prominent physician groups. If approved by the Health Services Development Agency, the center will enhance access to care, not just for Jackson residents, but for people all over West Tennessee who travel to Jackson for their care.
For the past several years, we have talked with The Jackson Clinic about how we could work together to bring much-needed health care closer to communities that no longer have hospitals. The Jackson Clinic is a great partner, because it, like Baptist, has a decades-long tradition of providing high-quality health care in West Tennessee. The clinic has more than 100 physicians in a variety of specialties, and thousands of West Tennesseans trust them with their care.
We decided to build an outpatient surgery center because it brings high-level services closer to rural communities conveniently and affordably. Surgery centers are becoming a fixture in many communities. Those who pay for health care – Medicare, commercial insurance companies and patients – are asking health care organizations like us to lower the cost of health care while maintaining high standards of safety and quality, and surgery centers do that.
I have often spoken about our commitment to West Tennessee. That commitment grows stronger every day as we discover more ways to bring health care to those who need it. Through our hospitals, Baptist Medical Group clinics, partnerships and acquisitions, we’re cementing our presence in this region.
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