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The guiding principle of the BHS Compliance Program is:

Doing The Right Thing Is The Right Thing To Do

The Baptist Health System is committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct and business integrity in the workplace. This commitment includes compliance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations, as well as, promoting ethical and moral standards. In order to achieve compliance, the Baptist Health System developed its regulatory compliance program to promote compliance with applicable regulatory requirements, foster ethical conduct and provide guidance to each employee of the health system.

What are the Benefits?

The benefits of the BHS Compliance Program are:

  • Demonstrate to employees and to the community the System’s strong commitment to be an honest and responsible provider.
  • Provide an accurate view of expected employee and contractor behavior relating to fraud and abuse.
  • Provide an easy way for employees to report potential problems.
  • Provide a mechanism for a prompt response, thorough investigation of alleged misconduct by employees, contractors, medical staff members, and business associates and immediate appropriate corrective action.
  • Provide a centralized way to manage information related to state/federal healthcare regulations.

What is the Purpose?

The purpose of the BHS Compliance Program is to promote a culture that

  • Prevents accidental or intentional noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Detects and imposes corrective action for noncompliance
  • Prevents future noncompliance

Our Goals

The goals of the BHS Compliance program are:

  • Prevent fraud and abuse
  • Ensure quality care
  • Improve efficiency and reduce waste
  • Identify criminal and unethical conduct


The mission of the BHS Compliance program is to:

  • Promote compliance with applicable regulatory (state/federal) requirements
  • Foster and help ensure ethical conduct
  • Provide education, training and guidance to employees of the health system
  • Provide a culture that promotes prevention, detection, and resolution of instances of conduct that do not conform to federal/state law or institutional policy


The BHS Compliance program supports the values of the Baptist Health System, which are:

  • Respect for the individual
  • Encouragement of each employee’s ideas and perspectives
  • Involvement of employees in decisions that affect them
  • Fostering teamwork and harmony
  • Providing opportunities for skill development and professional growth
  • A shared vision of the System’s mission and strategic direction

Confidential Compliance Hotline

The Baptist Health System Confidential Compliance Hotline telephone number is 1-800-8ETHICS.  This hotline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All calls are treated confidentially and you will not be required to identify yourself.

Contact Information

Vanessa Benavidez, Chief Compliance Officer
Telephone Number: 469-893-6285

Jennifer Bartnesky-Smith, Hospital Compliance Officer
Telephone Number: 210-297-1294
Fax Number: 210-297-0148


Code of Business Conduct

Corporate Compliance Code of Ethics

Compliance Hotline