LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Medical Center has been named one of the best hospital systems in the country.
HealthGrades -- a national organization that does "the heavy lifting for consumers looking to find the best health care options" -- recently released its annual list of "America's 100 Best Hospitals." Gwinnett Medical made the cut, the only hospital in the Atlanta area to do so.
"This recognition is the result of the daily focus that physicians, nurses and staff at Lawrenceville and Duluth place on exceptional patient care and high-quality outcomes," GMC CEO Philip Wolfe said in a statement. "It is the knowledge, skill and dedication of GMC's teams who care for our patients and create a caring culture combined with clinical excellence that is unique in our area."
Using information available through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HealthGrades compares millions of patient hospitalization records to identify hospitals that have the lowest death and complication rates across 26 different diagnoses and procedures.
Hospitals with the lowest rates over a number of consecutive years make the top 100, consisting of roughly the top 5 percent in the nation. According to HealthGrades, if all U.S. hospitals operated at top 100 standards, more than 500,000 Medicare deaths could have been prevented between 2000 and 2010.
"As our nation seeks to elevate the quality of care at all hospitals, these elite facilities provide a road map for success," HealthGrades' Dr. Arshad Rahim said. "Consumers increasingly are demanding greater transparency and quality when selecting health care providers. These hospitals are delivering."
In addition to "100 Best" honors, GMC also received a distinguished hospital award and excellence awards for critical care and stroke care from HealthGrades this year. It received five-star ratings in the following categories: carotid surgery, heart failure, pneumonia, respiratory failure, sepsis and stroke.
For the full evaluation or more information, visit www.healthgrades.com.
HEALTHGRADES' TOP 100 HOSPITALS
Gwinnett Medical Center was recently named one of HealthGrades' "America's 100 Best Hospitals." Here's some more information:
-- Hospitals were selected using data assessing death and complication rates across 26 different diagnoses and procedures
-- The top 100 hospitals represent 88 cities in 25 states
-- GMC was the only Atlanta-area hospital to make the cut
-- GMC was one of only three hospitals in Georgia to make the cut
-- Death and complication rates were risk adjusted, taking into account how sick patients are to begin with