NGMC hospitals awarded top grades for social responsibility

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Improving the health of the community is at the center of Northeast Georgia Health System’s (NGHS) mission, and a recent report evaluating hospitals as community partners recognized Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) with top marks. The hospital campuses in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder (NGMC Barrow) and Dahlonega (NGMC Lumpkin) all received an “A” grade for social responsibility in the Lown Institute Hospitals Index.

“This is a testament to how each and every employee at all of our hospital campuses brings their best every day,” said Carol Burrell, president and CEO of NGHS. “Being a leader in these areas is certainly a priority for us, so it’s an honor to be recognized for the dedication being put into it.”

The Lown Institute—an independent healthcare think tank—graded over 3,500 hospitals and 300 health systems nationwide based on data up to 2022. The report evaluated a hospital’s health equity and value of care, alongside patient outcomes, to come up with a social responsibility ranking. In the fifth-annual rankings, the report measured over 50 metrics, including community benefit and racial inclusivity.

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