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Baptist Health Medical Group Recognized With the Fred Graham Award for Innovation in Improving Community Health

September 16, 2015

Baptist Health Medical Group has been honored by the Medical Group Management Association with the Fred Graham Award for Innovation in Improving Community Health. The award recognized the medical group for its innovative approaches to patient care, including the primary care medical home, patient portal, improved communication lines between patients/families and their care team, telehealth, electronic medical records and free health screenings.

“This award reflects the effort of our entire team to fulfill our mission of providing the community with the highest quality care. As a medical group, we are leading the way in delivering programs that enhance the patient experience,” said Bernie Fernandez Jr., M.D., CEO of Baptist Health Medical Group. “Our efforts at transforming how we care for our patients — from providing primary care services conveniently under one roof to improving access to medical services ― are having a lasting impact on our community.”

The Medical Group Management Association is a national organization that represents more than 33,000 medical practice administrators and executives in practices of all sizes, types, structures and specialties. By focusing on best practices, education, advocacy, networking and resources, it helps its members build successful medical practices.

Baptist Health Medical Group is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with seven hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital) and more than 30 outpatient and urgent care facilities spanning three counties. The not-for-profit, faith-based Baptist Health has more than 15,000 employees and 2,200 affiliated physicians and also includes Baptist Outpatient Services and internationally renowned centers of excellence.

Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities. Baptist Health is listed by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America (#23 in the nation) and has remained on the list for 15 years. It was also recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the fifth year in a row by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information on Baptist Health Primary Care, go to


Contact: Sahyli Hartney; 786-527-9074

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