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Northeast Georgia Medical Center Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals

Published on February 26, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® according to a study by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters.  The study names top hospitals in five different categories – from Major Teaching Hospitals to Small Community Hospitals – and NGMC is one of only 20 “Large Community Hospitals” selected.  NGMC is also the only hospital in Georgia to make the list in any category.
This is the second time NGMC has made the 100 Top Hospitals list and comes on the heels of the hospital being named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2013 by Healthgrades®.
“Being named to this elite list just one week after we were named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades is further proof that our organization is making Gainesville, Georgia, a national destination for health care,” says Carol Burrell, President and CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System.  “The dedication that our entire team demonstrates while caring for the people of this community, and beyond, is reflected with each award we receive.”
Truven Health compiled the 100 Top Hospitals report by researching nearly 3,000 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals.  They used public information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to evaluate performance in 10 areas:
  • mortality
  • expenses
  • medical complications
  • profitability
  • patient safety
  • patient satisfaction
  • average patient stay
  • adherence to clinical standards of care
  • post-discharge mortality
  • readmission rates for heart attacks, heart failure, and pneumonia
The study pulls data from a three to five-year period, depending on the area, in order to select hospitals demonstrating both top performance and consistent, accelerated improvement.
“To be recognized for consistently providing top quality care is particularly gratifying for our physicians and caregivers,” says Ron Lewis, MD, a general surgeon with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates and Chief of NGMC’s Medical Staff“We scored especially well in regards to mortality, complications, patient safety, average length of stay and patient satisfaction – all measures which are directly related to the quality of health care we provide.”
“I am so proud of our organization and all that it has achieved on a state and national level,” adds NGHS Board Chair Mary Lynn Coyle.  “With Carol’s leadership – along with the combined efforts of our physicians, staff and boards – NGHS is soaring to greater and greater heights – and the true winners are our patients and our community.”
If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities like NGMC:
  • More than 164,000 additional lives could be saved
  • Approximately 82,000 additional patients could be complication free
  • $6 billion could be saved
  • The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.
If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.
Hospitals do not apply to be part of the study.  To learn more about services offered at NGMC and through NGHS, visit or call 770-219-3840.
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