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More honors for NGMC

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“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.
GAINESVILLE - A week after being named by one group one of the 50 Best Hospitals in the country, Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has been chosen one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by another group.

The latest ranking is by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. It is independent of the one issued last week by Healthgrades. (See earlier story. Link below.)

This study named 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. It is also the only hospital in the state on the report issued last week.

This is the second time NGMC has made the 100 Top Hospitals list.

“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
• medical complications
• patient safety
• average patient stay
• post-discharge mortality
• expenses
• profitability
• patient satisfaction
• adherence to clinical standards of care
• 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:

o More than 164,000 additional lives could be saved
o Approximately 82,000 additional patients could be complication free
o $6 billion could be saved
o The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, hospital officials say the impact would be even greater.

Hospitals do not apply to be part of the study.

Link: Northeast Georgia Health System
Link: NGMC named one of nation's '50 Best Hospitals'
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