Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation: Promoting Health Equity in the Mississippi Delta

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation (BMHCC) is a not-for-profit, twenty-four hospital system spanning across Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. BMHCC has over 5,400 physicians and 19,000 employees. Dr. Harvey Mason, Amanda Comer and Rachel George will be sharing efforts of their System Health Equity Advisory Council and Delta Disparities Committee to promote positive health outcomes for patients in the Mississippi Delta.  

This material was prepared by Compass, the Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor (HQIC) under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Views expressed in this document do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of CMS or HHS, and any reference to a specific product or entity herein does not constitute endorsement of that product or entity by CMS or HHS. Publication No.  [0480] – 4/30/2024.

Target Audience

  • Hospital Systems
  • Hospital Administrators
  • Physicians
  • Nurses

Learning Objectives

  • Implementation strategies for a structured working group on health equity 
  • Sharing how to apply tailored interventions with a community health improvement plan (CHIP) 
  • Presenting results of recent internal surveys on social determinants of health 
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Harvey F. Mason, M.D., Chief Quality Officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation

A Mississippi native, Dr. Mason graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical School and completed his general surgery residency training at Vanderbilt Medical Center. He has worked as a general surgeon for more than twenty years and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. 


Amanda Comer, DNP, System Director – Advanced Practice Providers

Dr. Amanda Comer has two decades of experience as an emergency nurse practitioner, and having lived and worked in Mississippi, she has gained unique insights into the challenges that Delta residents encounter. Dr. Comer received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Augusta University, following a Master of Science of Nursing from Vanderbilt University.  


Rachel George, B.S., Research Coordinator, Delta Health Disparities Group at Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation

Rachel George is a research coordinator for the Delta Health Disparities Group at Baptist. Rachel graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering and for two years worked as an intramural research fellow at the National Institute of Health. She aims to help increase Baptist's research efforts on health disparities.  

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