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Healthgrades puts GMC in nation's top 10 percent

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A leading publication has ranked both Gwinnett Medical Center campuses in the nation's top 10 percent in several areas of care.

GMC campuses in Lawrenceville and Duluth were included in the annual report from Healthgrades, a leading provider of consumer information regarding physicians and hospitals. Both GMC-Lawrenceville and GMC-Duluth were ranked as top hospitals in the state for patient outcomes in stroke, pulmonary and critical care, and were considered in the top 10 percent in the nation in those areas.

"I am so proud of the commitment that our physicians and associates have made to providing superior care to our patients and gratified to see how that commitment results in outstanding clinical performance," GMC President and CEO Phil Wolfe said in a statement.

The report -- American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades to the Nation -- evaluated about 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Participants were rated on risk-adjusted morality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011.

Data is compiled via information hospitals submit to the federal government.

GMC is the only hospital system in Georgia to be a recipient of Healthgrades' specialty excellence awards for stroke, pulmonary and critical care in three consecutive years.