NGMC Rated #1 Heart Hospital in Georgia for the 5th Year in a Row

Published on October 15, 2009
NGMC Rated #1 Heart Hospital in Georgia for the 5th Year in a Row

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is ranked number one in Georgia and in the top 5% in the nation for cardiac care for the fifth year in a row (2006-2010), according to a comprehensive study released October 13 by HealthGrades.  Specifically, for 2010, NGMC is:

     • #1 in Georgia for Overall Cardiac Services
     • #1 in Georgia for Cardiac Surgery
     • #1 in Georgia for Non-Surgical Cardiology Services
     • #1 in Georgia for Coronary Interventional Procedures

In fact, NGMC is one of only six hospitals in the nation to rank number one in all four cardiac categories.  The study also found NGMC is five-star rated for:

          • Coronary Bypass Surgery
          • Valve Replacement Surgery
          • Coronary Interventional Procedures
          • Treatment of Heart Attacks
          • Treatment of Heart Failure

"Everyone involved with cardiac care at NGMC takes his or her responsibility very seriously, and we pride ourselves on raising our standards each year," says J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, an interventional cardiologist with Northeast Georgia Heart Center and medical director of Cardiac Cath Labs at NGMC. "These ratings reflect the commitment to excellence in both interventional and diagnostic procedures in the Medical Center’s Cardiac Cath Labs."

"We strive to stay at the forefront of technology and techniques to ensure our level of care never wanes," says Daniel Winston, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Peachtree Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons and medical director of Cardiac Surgery at NGMC.  "I’m personally honored to lead such a dedicated team in the operating room."

The twelfth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study also found patients admitted to the nation’s top performing (five-star rated) hospitals, like NGMC, are approximately 52-percent less likely to die compared to the national hospital average.

"The findings of the study released today are the direct result of the hard work and dogged consistency of our cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists and Heart & Vascular Services clinical and support staff," says Jim Gardner, NGMC President and CEO. "Claiming the number one ranking in the state for the fifth year in a row solidifies the fact that people don’t need to drive to Atlanta to receive high-quality cardiac care and exemplifies our goal of providing exceptional health care, close to home."

Northeast Georgia Medical Center offers comprehensive cardiac care to the residents of northeast Georgia.  Services provided include open-heart surgery (including valve replacement, coronary artery bypass and off-pump bypass procedures), cardiac interventions (such as angioplasty and stent placement), electrophysiology procedures, diagnostic procedures and inpatient care in a 17-bed state-of-the-art cardiac intensive care unit.  The American College of Cardiology and the Society of Thoracic Surgery have also recognized NGMC for outstanding outcomes for surgical and interventional cardiac patients.


HealthGrades’ hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 28 procedures and treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for apples-to-apples comparisons.

More information about today’s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at
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