Georgia Trend looks at ‘Georgia’s Top Hospitals 2017’
The December issue, now available online, includes a takeout on hospital mergers and a sidebar that analyzes the top hospitals in our state. What it means to Northwest Georgia hospitals –and patients:
Top large hospitals, 250+ beds:
Floyd Medical Center is no. 14 out of 19 listed. No. 1: WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, LaGrange.
Top medium-sized hospitals, 100-249 beds:
Redmond Regional Medical Center ties at no. 7 with Emanuel Medical Center, Swainsboro out of 25 hospitals. Cartersville Medical Center was no. 11 (both are HCA hospitals) No. 1: Donalsonville Hospital Inc., Donalsonville.
Top small hospitals with fewer than 100 beds:
Gordon Hospital in Calhoun is no. 2 out of 20. Taking the top spot: Evans Memorial Hospital, Claxton.
Here’s how the listings are qualified:
Georgia Trend groups hospitals of similar size and mission to include Teaching Hospitals, whose primary mission is teaching regardless of size and are certified by the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems; Large Hospitals (250+ patient beds); Medium Hospitals (100 to 249 beds); and Small Hospitals (less than 100 beds). The American Hospital Directory provided the hospital bed size. Hospitals in Georgia Trend’s ranking include those that participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Value Based Purchasing program. CMS does not include VA medical centers, children’s hospitals, critical access hospitals and long-term care facilities. A Total Performance Score was used to rank the hospitals in each group using information on clinical process, patient experience, outcome and efficiency. The hospital rankings are based on CMS data downloaded Aug. 13, 2017. Analysis of the data was completed for Georgia Trend by a team of independent consultants from the Hull College of Business at Augusta University.