NGMC Gainesville first in state to earn three new Center of Excellence designations

Published: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Gainesville is the first hospital in Georgia to receive accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Colorectal Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery and Minimally Invasive Gynecology. Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an internationally recognized patient safety organization, recognized NGMC for its dedication to delivering safe, effective and evidence-based patient care in these three designated areas through its independent, external process of evaluation. 

These new designations are in addition to NGMC’s Robotic Surgery and Hernia Surgery Center of Excellence accreditations, which NGMC was also the first in the State to earn.   

“These designations speak volumes to the dedication and commitment of our surgeons and clinical staff at Northeast Georgia Medical Center to provide the highest-quality surgical care – close to home – for our community,” says Carol Burrell, president and CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System.  

Healthcare organizations and surgeons seeking accreditation by SRC undergo a rigorous site inspection and self-assessment. This process includes physicians, nurses and administrators who are actively involved in the accredited program. The inspection is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization or surgeon improve its care and services. 

This designation helps patients throughout the region and state identify specific providers who have met SRC’s nationally recognized standards for top-quality care.

Additionally, SRC recognized the following NGMC physicians as Surgeons of Excellence in the following areas: 
Colorectal Surgery: 

  • Fernando Ayciñena, MD, Longstreet Clinic 

Minimally Invasive Gynecology: 

  • Jason Bailey, MD, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group OB/GYN 
  • Keshma Saujani, MD, Longstreet Clinic 

Minimally Invasive Surgery: 

  • Fernando Ayciñena, MD, Longstreet Clinic 
  • Jason Bailey, MD, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group OB/GYN 
  • Geary Bush, MD, Longstreet Clinic 
  • Chad Copper, MD, Longstreet Clinic  
  • Ronald Lewis, MD, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates 
  • Daniel Mullis, MD, Longstreet Clinic 
  • Alex Nguyen, MD, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates 
  • Robert Richard, MD, Longstreet Clinic 
  • Keshma Saujani, MD, Longstreet Clinic 

To learn more about surgical options at NGMC, visit For more information about SRC and the accreditation process, visit


Since 1951, Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has been on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. With hospitals located in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder and Dahlonega, the four NGMC campuses have a total of more than 700 beds and more than 1,100 medical staff members representing more than 50 specialties. NGMC is part of Northeast Georgia Health System, a non-profit that cares for more than 1 million people across more than 18 counties. Learn more at


Established in 2003, Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an internationally recognized, nonprofit, patient safety organization dedicated to recognizing and refining surgical care. SRC accredits the top hospitals, surgeons and health professionals worldwide that meet our proven standards. Look for our seal, expect excellence. For more information, visit