Of the nearly 175 hospitals in Georgia, seven facilities were recently recognized as the country’s best of the best.
That’s according to a new report from Healthgrades, for which analysts ranked the top 250, top 100 and top 50 hospitals in the United States “based solely on clinical quality outcomes for 32 conditions and procedures,” including heart attack, hip replacement, colorectal surgery, sepsis, stroke and more.
Researchers collected 2015-2017 Medicare inpatient data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and considered only hospitals with data for at least 21 of the 32 aforementioned procedures.
Hospitals among the top 50 are in the top 1 percent of the U.S. and highly regarded “for providing overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of conditions and procedures consistently for six or more consecutive years,” according to Healthgrades.
Only one Georgia facility made it to the top: Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville. The report recognized the hospital’s multiple quality award distinctions, including in critical, pulmonary and stroke care. This is Piedmont Fayette’s fifth year among the nation’s top 1 percent.
Hospitals among the top 100 are considered the top 2 percent overall. In addition to Piedmont Fayette, both Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown earned the honors. The Clifton Road facility boasts a high 85 percent patient recommendation rating and 10 quality award distinctions in the past 12 months. Emory Midtown, with eight distinctions, stood out for its high quality cardiac care.
The four other Georgia hospitals included in Healthgrades’ report ranked among the top 250 (or top 5 percent). They are Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, Piedmont Newnan Hospital and Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.
More hospital rankings:
- In August, U.S. News and World Report ranked the country’s best facilities based on 12 specialties (cancer, gynecology, neurology, heart bypass surgery and so on). Emory University Hospital was among 14 in Georgia to qualify. Read more.
- U.S. News also ranked Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta one of the country’s best children’s hospitals. Read more.
- In 2017, eight Georgia hospitals were named the most “wired” in America in a Hospitals and Health Networks survey on technological adaptation in the workplace. Read more.
- Cartersville Medical Center reportedly has one of the shortest emergency room wait times in Georgia. Read more.