Baptist Jacksonville and Baptist South Top Choice for Cancer Care

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This award signifies Baptist Jacksonville and Baptist South’s commitment and passion towards an extraordinary health care experience for women and all patients.

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Baptist Medical Center South have received the Women’s Choice Award ® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than one million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. This award signifies Baptist Jacksonville and Baptist South’s commitment and passion towards an extraordinary health care experience for women and all patients. By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, the two Baptist hospitals join an elite network of hospitals committed to a global mission to empower women to make smart health care choices.

The Women’s Choice Award® sets the standard for helping women make smarter choices through education, empowerment, and validation. Awards are determined by evidence-based research and identify the brands, products and services most recommended and trusted by women.

“Being recognized as a provider of choice demonstrates the clinical expertise and dedication our physicians and team members have committed to cancer care for women and all members of our community,” said Michael Mayo, Baptist Jacksonville hospital president. “We appreciate the confidence that this award signifies.”

Ron Robinson, Baptist South hospital president, added, “We are excited that our physicians and team members who care for our oncology patients have been recognized by this great organization. Everyone works extremely hard to create an environment for healing for our patients and this award certainly recognizes that effort.”

Baptist Health has also been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as having the best cancer program in the region. Baptist Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have signed a ground-breaking partnership to transform oncology care for adult patients in northeast Florida and southeast Georgia. The institutions are creating a joint cancer program to enhance access to MD Anderson’s world-renowned treatment protocols, clinical trials and translational research. Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is anticipating opening in the fall.

“As we launch Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, we will continue to refine the experience for women and the entire patient population as we are committed to sustaining the designation as a top choice for cancer care by all,” said Nicole Thomas, Baptist Health senior vice president of Specialty Services.

LeeAnn Mengel, administrator of Oncology Services for Baptist Health, added that cancer knows no boundaries.

“Everyone seems to be touched one way or another by this challenging disease,” Mengel said. “It is not only a disease that affects the individual, but one that touches their entire support system. Baptist Health is privileged to serve the women of Jacksonville and surrounding communities. Our goal is to constantly review the needs of our patients and respond to those needs the best we can.”

Studies show that women are tasked with making the majority of all health care decisions for their family. More than 800,000 women were diagnosed with cancer in 2014 with the most common cancers for women being skin, breast, lung, colorectal and uterine cancer.

“Now more than ever, the Women’s Choice Award seal serves as a validation to women that they are selecting the best hospitals for their own care and that of their family,” said Sharyn S. Lee, RN, MS, FACEHP, president of the Women’s Choice Healthcare Division.

Baptist Jacksonville and Baptist South are among an elite group of 331 hospitals who have earned the 2015 Women’s Choice Award by meeting the highest cancer care accreditation standards of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The hospitals are also recognized for their excellence in clinical performance with regard to patient safety measures and for their high recommendation rate, a measure that is important to women when choosing a hospital.

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and its Margaret and Robert Hill Breast Center in March also earned the 2015 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers. The Hill Breast Center is the only dedicated breast center of its size in the region.

About Baptist Health
Baptist Health is a faith-based, mission-driven system in Northeast Florida comprised of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville; Baptist Medical Center Beaches; Baptist Medical Center Nassau; Baptist Medical Center South; Baptist Clay Medical Campus and Wolfson Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. All Baptist Health hospitals, along with Baptist Home Health Care, have achieved Magnet™ status for excellence in patient care. Baptist Health includes the area’s only dedicated heart hospital; cancer centers; orthopedic institute; women’s services; neurological institute, including comprehensive neurosurgical services, a comprehensive stroke center and two primary stroke centers; a Bariatric Center of Excellence; a full range of psychology and psychiatry services; outpatient facilities; urgent care services; and primary and specialty care physicians’ offices throughout Northeast Florida. For more details, visit For information on Wolfson Children’s Hospital, visit

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