NEW ALBANY, Mississippi, Oct. 18, 2019—Walter Grace , CEO and administrator of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County, has retired after an influential 22-year career at Baptist.
After serving in various roles since 1997, Grace came to Baptist Union County in 2011. During his tenure, the hospital has earned a number of quality achievements. Earlier this year, it became the first and only Mississippi hospital to earn five stars on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare website. It also was named one of Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2019 Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals. Baptist Union County has also earned several “A” scores on the Leapfrog Group’s patient safety survey under Grace’s leadership.
“On behalf of the entire Baptist Memorial Health Care team, I would like to thank Walter Grace for his many years of service and express appreciation for his many contributions to the Baptist system and the communities where he has served,” said Chris Anderson, vice president of Mississippi operations for Baptist Memorial Health Care.
Plans regarding the selection of a new CEO and administrator for Baptist Union County will be announced in the coming days.
Baptist Union County offers a variety of services, including adult and pediatric inpatient care, maternity, surgery, a 24-hour emergency department and diagnostics. The hospital also has 3D mammography, TeleHealth services and an eICU. Baptist Union County has an excellent reputation for providing quality care and recently earned an “A” Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group and Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety Excellence awards from Healthgrades. Most notably, Baptist Union County became the first hospital in Mississippi to earn five stars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the hospital’s quality, outcomes, safety and patient satisfaction. The Chartis Center for Rural Health also recognized the hospital as one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the country.
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