Gwinnett Medical gets national award

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Medical Center was recently recognized for being across the board one of the best hospitals in the country.

For the third time, the health care system received the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for being among the top 5 percent in overall clinical quality. The hospital was also recognized in 2006 and 2008.

The independent, comprehensive study conducted by HealthGrades rates the nation's 5,000 nonfederal hospitals in 26 procedures and diagnoses.

According to the study, hospitals receiving this award have, on average, a 27 percent lower mortality rate than other hospitals, and a lower complication rate.

Gwinnett Medical Center also received the HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award and the Gastrointestinal Surgery Excellence Award and was five-star rated for treatment of heart attack and heart failure, hip fracture repair and overall pulmonary care.

The medical center was also recognized for its services in:

· Community acquired pneumonia;

· Vascular services;

· Overall critical care services and treatment of respiratory failure;

· Sepsis treatment; and

· GI surgery and overall GI services.

"Clinical excellence is a part of our culture, defines our key goals and among the basic core values our physicians and staff use to accomplish our system's goals," GMC president Jeff Nowlin said. "Those goals include quality, customer experience, growth and operational excellence."