GAINESVILLE, Ga. – The nation’s largest independent healthcare ratings company says Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) provides superior healthcare to women for the second year in a row. Healthgrades’ announced this week that NGMC is one of only four hospitals in Georgia to receive the Women’s Health Excellence Award™ for 2013. NGMC was one of only two hospitals in Georgia to receive the award in 2012.
To be recognized with the award, Healthgrades took mortality and complication rates for women treated at NGMC across 15 conditions and procedures – including heart attacks, pneumonia, stroke and surgeries like heart valve replacement, hip replacement, knee replacement and spinal fusion – and compared them to the rates of more than 4,500 hospitals across the nation. NGMC’s performance placed in the top four percent of hospitals in the United States.
“When you think about the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, and then you see NGMC being recognized for excellent treatment of women who suffer heart attacks, or other medical problems, it really hits home,” says Brad Nurkin, President of NGMC. “This award recognizes our caregivers – including physicians, nurses, techs, EMS and other clinical staff – are not only doing all they can to save women’s lives, they’re doing it as well as the best hospitals in the nation.”
Healthgrades’ study found that, from 2009 – 2011, if all hospitals nationwide performed at the level of award-winning hospitals like NGMC:
- 46,317 women’s lives could have potentially been saved
- 21,285 women could have potentially avoided in-hospital complications
The Women’s Health Excellence Award continues NGMC’s streak of winning national awards in 2013. Earlier this year, NGMC was named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals (Healthgrades) and one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals (Truven Health Analytics) – and NGMC is the only hospital in Georgia named to either list.