Northeast Georgia Medical Center Recognized As #1 In Georgia For Overall Cardiac Care For The Fourth Consecutive Year

Published on October 14, 2008
HealthGrades study finds Northeast Georgia Medical Center is one of only nine hospitals in the nation to rank #1 in all four cardiac categories

For the fourth year in a row (2006-2009), Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has ranked #1 in Georgia and in the top 5% in the nation for cardiac care, according to the 11th annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study. Specifically, for 2009, NGMC is:
  •  #1 in GA for Overall Cardiac Services
  •  #1 in GA for Cardiac Surgery
  •  #1 in GA for Cardiology Services
  •  #1 in GA for Coronary Interventional Procedures

In addition, the study found NGMC is five-star rated for:
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Valve Replacement Surgery
  • Coronary Interventional Procedures
  • Treatment of Heart Attacks
  • Treatment of Heart Failure

Cardiac services are provided at the state-of-the-art Ronnie Green Heart Center at NGMC.

"The study released today marks a tremendous achievement for our cardiac team and our health system as a whole," says Jim Gardner, NGMC President and CEO. "Claiming the number one ranking in the state for the fourth year in a row further demonstrates 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."

The study also found patients admitted to the nation’s top performing (five-star rated) hospitals, like NGMC, are approximately 50 percent less likely to die compared to the national hospital average.

About The Study

The 11th annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study is the most comprehensive study of its kind, analyzing more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nation’s approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals. The study examines procedures and conditions ranging from heart valve-replacement surgery to heart attack to pneumonia.

Each hospital receives a star rating based on its patient outcomes in terms of mortality or complication rates for each procedure or treatment. Hospitals with outcomes that are above average to a statistically significant degree receive a five-star rating. Hospitals with below average outcomes receive a one-star rating.

The 2009 HealthGrades ratings for all hospitals nationwide are available, free of charge, on the organization’s web site,

About Ronnie Green Heart Center

Located on the Main Campus of NGMC, the Ronnie Green Heart Center offers comprehensive cardiac care to the residents of northeast Georgia. Services provided at the Ronnie Green Heart Center 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 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 the Heart Center for outstanding outcomes for surgical and interventional cardiac patients.

About HealthGrades

Health Grades, Inc. (NASDAQ: HGRD) is the leading healthcare ratings organization, providing ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes and physicians. Millions of consumers and many of the nation’s largest employers, health plans and hospitals rely on HealthGrades’ independent ratings, advisory services and decision-support resources to make healthcare decisions based on the quality and cost of care.

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Contact
Cathy Bowers, Director of Public Relations
743 Spring Street, Gainesville, GA 30501

HealthGrades Contact
Stephanie Hernandez
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