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Study: GMC ranked in the top five in the state

LAWRENCEVILLE - Once again, an independent study has rated Gwinnett Medical Center one of the best in several areas.

According to HealthGrades, GMC is one of Georgia's top hospitals, and the best in Gwinnett, when it comes to overall critical care services, ranking in the top five.

The 12th annual Hospital Quality in America study also rated GMC among the top five percent in the country for clinical excellence for the second year in a row.

In its assessment of patient outcomes - mortality and complication rates - HealthGrades ranked GMC campuses in Lawrenceville and Duluth in the top 10 percent of more than 5,000 hospitals evaluated.

"GMC is committed to transforming health care by delivering the highest quality of care, technology and resources to the community and it is an honor to be recognized at both the national and state level," said GMC's President and CEO Phil Wolfe.

According to the study, the mortality rate of patients at top-rated hospitals is 52 percent lower than the national average.

The hospital was five-star rated in several areas, including the treatment of pneumonia, stroke, sepsis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture repair and total hip replacement.

A five-star rating means a hospital has a mortality rate below the national average "to a statistically significant degree."

Gwinnett Medical Center officials said HealthGrade ratings are based on data hospitals submit to the federal government and that no hospital can opt in or out of being rated.