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U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Northeast Georgia Medical Center for High Performing Specialties

Published on September 19, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – U.S. News & World Report recognizes Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) in the publication’s new listing of the nation’s Best Hospitals for 2011 – 2012.  NGMC is designated as a High Performing Hospital in eight specialties:

• Cardiology & Heart Surgery
• Diabetes & Endocrinology
• Gastroenterology
• Geriatrics
• Neurology & Neurosurgery
• Orthopedics
• Pulmonology
• Urology

U.S. News & World Report also named J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, an interventional cardiologist with Northeast Georgia Heart Center and medical director of Cardiac Cath Labs at NGMC, one of the nation’s Top Doctors for 2011 – 2012.

“The recognition from U.S. News & World Report is evidence of the commitment Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) has made to bring high-quality specialists to the region,” says Carol Burrell, NGHS President and CEO.  “Dr. Marshall is certainly helping to lead the way for us.  The people of Northeast Georgia can trust that they do not need to drive to Atlanta to receive exceptional health care.”

“I’m honored to be included among the best doctors in the nation, especially since the list from U.S. News & World Report is based on nominations from my peers,” says Dr. Marshall.  “Everything we do at NGMC, from the Northeast Georgia Regional STEMI Project, which is treating heart attack patients as quickly as almost any program in the nation, to the cutting edge clinical trials we’re performing in the cath lab, is designed to provide the utmost quality of care while pushing the envelope of skill and technology.”

The latest recognition by U.S. News & World Report for Cardiology and Heart Surgery adds to the strong reputation of NGMC’s Heart & Vascular Services.  NGMC is already rated Georgia’s #1 heart hospital for the sixth consecutive year by HealthGrades® (2006 – 2011).  In fact, for 2011, NGMC was one of only five hospitals in the nation to rate #1 in all four cardiac categories measured by HealthGrades®:

• Overall Cardiac Care
• Cardiac Surgery
• Coronary Interventional Procedures (stents, angioplasty, etc.)
• Non-surgical Cardiology Services

NGMC is also home to one of the few programs in the nation which offer minimally invasive heart valve reconstruction.

You can learn more about NGMC’s HealthGrades® ratings at, or call 770-219-3840.  You can learn more about Dr. Marshall at

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