Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation Media Center

The Public Relations division of the Corporate Communications department is Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation's official communications link to local, national and international news media and the journalists who represent them. The staff supports all Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation affiliated entities in the Mid-South with centralized, coordinated communications.

Media Contacts

Baptist's Public Relations staff members are available to handle news media inquiries.

Ayoka Pond, Director of Public Relations and Internal Communications



Ayoka Pond supervises and supports a team of public relations professionals who provide media relations, issues management, coaching and counsel to Baptist's hospitals and dozens of entities and services. She also supervises employee communication, including the organization's newsletter and intranet. Her daily responsibilities include editing the PR team's written materials, advising the PR team when needed and monitoring Baptist's traditional and social media coverage. She also teaches communication training classes for Baptist colleagues, helps produce a monthly news magazine show that airs on Memphis' PBS affiliate and maintains relationships with local and national reporters.

Valerie Robilio Burrow, Senior Public Relations Coordinator


Valerie Burrow writes and pitches news releases, responds to requests of local and national reporters and creates and helps implement media and communication tactics for hospital, corporate and physician practice clients.