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Northeast Georgia Medical Center Recognized As Georgia's Number One Heart Hospital For The Seventh Consecutive Year

Published on October 18, 2011
HealthGrades® study finds Northeast Georgia Medical Center is one of only six hospitals in the nation to rank #1 in all four cardiac categories

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 seventh year in a row (2006-2012), according to a comprehensive study released today by HealthGrades®. HealthGrades 2012

Specifically, for 2012, 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, for 2012, 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
• Treatment of Heart Attacks
• Treatment of Heart Failure

“We’re ecstatic that our formula for success continues to work, year after year,” says J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, an interventional cardiologist with Northeast Georgia Heart Center and medical director of Cardiac Cath Labs at NGMC. “Talented physicians and skilled staff, teamed with the latest technology and experienced research, leads to excellent care for our patients.”

“The care our surgery patients receive is a direct reflection of the collaborative relationship fostered by the cardiologists and surgeons at NGMC,” says Alan Wolfe, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons.  “My partner, Dr. Dan Winston, started the surgery program at NGMC nine years ago.  I left Atlanta after two decades specifically to join him, and Dr. Clifton Hastings, on the #1 heart surgery team in Georgia.”

The fourteenth 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 54 percent less likely to die compared to the national hospital average.

“The teamwork of our cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, clinical and support staff has established Heart & Vascular Services as the cornerstone of the institution we continue to build,” says Carol Burrell, NGMC President and CEO. “People don’t need to drive to Atlanta when Georgia’s #1 heart program is right here in Gainesville.”


 In addition to offering emergency cardiac services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Northeast Georgia Medical Center also offers:

• Cardiac surgery, including advanced minimally invasive valve repair
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• Interventional procedures in the Cardiac Cath Lab

• Around-the-clock inpatient care at the Ronnie Green Heart Center

• Internationally-renowned electrophysiology services

 When you suffer a heart attack, it’s a race against time to restore blood flow to your heart.  That’s why we collaborate with EMS in 15 counties so they can electronically send EKG’s from the ambulance to NGMC, where cardiologists decide if heart attack patients need to bypass the ER and go directly to the Cath Lab for immediate treatment.  The door-to-treatment times put this collaboration among the most efficient in the nation.

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 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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