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NGMC named one of nation's '50 Best Hospitals'

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GAINESVILLE - Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2013, according to research released by Healthgrades. NGMC is the only hospital in Georgia named to the list.

“Our organization has received an increasing number of awards for the care we provide our patients, but this is no doubt the most rewarding recognition we’ve received thus far,” says Carol Burrell, President and CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System. “Everyone in this organization – including physicians, nurses, techs, EMS, support staff, volunteers, board members and others – continues to work tirelessly to provide our patients with elite-level care and prove that NGMC is making Gainesville, Georgia, a national destination for health care.”

According to Healthgrades, to be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were among the lowest 5% in the nation for a minimum of seven years.
In addition to being named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2013,

Healthgrades also recognizes NGMC as:
• #1 in Georgia for Cardiology
• #1 in Georgia for General Surgery
• #1 in Georgia for Gastrointestinal Services
• Top 5% in the nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures
• Top 5% in the nation for Critical Care
• Top 5% in the nation for Pulmonary Services
• Top 5% in the nation for Women’s Health
• A recipient of the Joint Replacement Excellence Award
• A recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence

Healthgrades evaluated nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide – reviewing and analyzing clinical performance across 27 common procedures and diagnoses – to determine the nation’s best performing hospitals based on objective measures of clinical quality.

“There is no greater achievement for our medical staff and caregivers than to save patients’ lives and protect their health while they are in our care,” says Ron Lewis, MD, a general surgeon with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates and Chief of NGMC’s Medical Staff. “To be recognized not only for achieving a level of care among the best hospitals in the nation, but also for providing that level of care consistently for seven years, perfectly demonstrates our unwavering commitment to excellence.”

Burrell attributes NGHS’ culture of continuous improvement with guiding the hospital to this tremendous recognition.

“We have established a cultural expectation known as ‘Quest for Excellence,’ which is based on empowering employees across the organization – from administrators to front line staff – to identify and implement ways to improve the quality of care for our patients,” says Burrell. “As the organization continues to grow, our ‘Quest for Excellence’ ensures we never lose sight of adding value to our patients’ experiences.”

Learn more about why NGMC is among America’s 50 Best hospitals, and find links to more information about Healthgrades’ research, by visiting

Link: Northeast Georgia Health System
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