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The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano Receives 2014 Press Ganey Beacon of Excellence AwardSM and Guardian of Excellence AwardSM for Patient Experience

PLANO, Texas December 10, 2014 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano proudly announces the hospital has been named a 2014 Beacon of Excellence AwardSM and Guardian of Excellence AwardSM winner by Press Ganey Associates, Inc. Press Ganey is the nation's leading health care performance improvement company and partners with more than 11,000 health care facilities, including more than half of all U.S. hospitals, to improve the patient experience.

The Beacon of Excellence Award is presented annually to 45 organizations, representing the nation's three top-performing health care facilities by category that have achieved and consistently maintained high levels of excellence in the patient experience.

The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award is a nationally-recognized symbol of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the award honors clients who consistently sustained performance in the top 5 percent of all Press Ganey clients for each reporting period during the course of one year.

"We are proud to support The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano," said Patrick T. Ryan, chief executive officer, Press Ganey. "This award is a testament to their unwavering commitment to deliver more patient-centered care. The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano's exemplary performance is truly setting the industry standard, benefiting patients and advancing the quality of care in Plano and the North Texas region.

According to Mark A. Valentine, chief executive officer, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, the award represents important recognition from the industry's leader in measuring, understanding, and improving the patient experience while inspiring the hospital to relentlessly pursue and ensure service excellence going forward.

"We are pleased to be recognized for the culture of service excellence we have created," Valentine said. "Our exceptional history of quality and service will guide us in this new era in health care, and we remain committed to forging new paths toward better health care and an even more memorable guest experience for our current guests and all others to follow."

About The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano
The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, located in Plano, Texas, is a 116-bed, for-profit hospital affiliated with Baylor Health Care System. The hospital recently received the Beacon of Excellence award from Press Ganey, an independent market research firm. The Beacon of Excellence is given to the top three performing organizations by bed-size category on the basis of extraordinary achievement. This award recognizes hospitals who have maintained consistently high levels of excellence over three years in patient satisfaction, employee engagement, physician engagement or clinical quality performance.

Press Ganey Associates, Inc.
Recognized as a leader in performance improvement for nearly 30 years, Press Ganey partners with more than 11,000 health care organizations worldwide to create and sustain high-performing organizations, and, ultimately, improve the overall health care experience. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions to help clients operate efficiently, improve quality, increase market share and optimize reimbursement. Press Ganey works with clients from across the continuum of care – hospitals, medical practices, home care agencies and other providers – including more than 50% of all U.S. hospitals. For more information, visit the Press Ganey website »

About Baylor Scott & White Health
Baylor Scott & White Health, the organization formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, is today the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas. With total assets of $9 billion* and serving a population larger than the state of Virginia, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The organization now includes 49 hospitals, more than 800 access points, more than 5,800 active physicians, 35,000 employees, and the Scott & White Health Plan. For more information, visit »

* based on unaudited fiscal year 2014 financial statements

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