The 9 best hospitals in Georgia, according to one ranking

Four Atlanta hospitals and one Marietta facility were named among the top in Georgia, according to the latest ranking from U.S. News and World Report.

To come up with the "2016-17 Best Regional Hospitals" list, analysts examined nationally ranked hospitals and their specialties, which are determined by hard data on death rates, patient safety and other measures.

They also looked at community hospitals that may not be nationally ranked, but that are highly rated in a specialty.

ExploreLearn more about the study's methodology here.

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta took home top honors. The hospital is nationally ranked in six adult specialities including neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology, cancer and more.

Other Atlanta hospitals that made the list: Emory St. Joseph's (No. 2), Emory University Hospital Midtown (No. 9) and Piedmont Atlanta (tied at No. 3).

Kennestone Hospital in Marietta also ranked No. 3 along with University Hospital in Augusta and Navicent Health Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon.

Here are the nine best hospitals in Georgia, according to U.S. News & World Report:

1. Emory University Hospital, Atlanta
2. Emory St. Joseph's Hospital, Atlanta
3. Kennestone Hospital, Marietta (tie)
3. Navicent Health Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon (tie)
3. Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, Atlanta (tie)
3. University Hospital, Augusta (tie)
7. Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville (tie)
7. St. Joseph's-Candler, Savannah (tie)
9. Emory University Hospital Midtown, Atlanta