Archives Join Atrium Health Navicent in Observing National Stroke Month in May 12:51 pm

Atrium Health Navicent invites the community to observe National Stroke Month during May by learning to recognize and react to the signs of stroke.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every 3.5 minutes, someone dies of stroke. Every year in the U.S., about 795,000 people suffer a stroke, and about 610,000 of these are first-time strokes.

Central Georgians are at an increased risk for stroke due to the prevalence of common risk factors that include high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and tobacco use. Georgia is in the “Stroke Belt,” an area in the Southeastern United States where stroke deaths are approximately 30 percent higher than the rest of the country. In 2020, Georgia held the 12th highest stroke death rate in the country.

Atrium Health Navicent physicians remind the public to act FAST, seeking immediate medical attention, if they experience any of these signs or symptoms:

• F – Facial weakness (Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?)

• A – Arm or leg weakness (Can the person raise both arms?)

• S – Speech difficulty (Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?)

• T – Time to act (Seek medical attention immediately!)

“Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States, but individuals can reduce their risk of stroke by making lifestyle changes and following up with a doctor for treatment of hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and sleep apnea,” said Atrium Health Navicent Stroke Medical Director Dr. Matthew Smith. “It’s important that everyone is aware of the signs and symptoms of stroke and that they seek medical attention FAST if they suspect a stroke has occurred.”

In addition to being recognized as a “high performing” stroke center by U.S. News & World Report, Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center is an 11-time recipient of the “Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Gold” Quality Achievement Award, an annual award presented by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association for excellence in stroke care. The health system earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

Atrium Health Navicent also has been named to AHA’s “Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus” for four years. The Honor Roll recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

For the second consecutive year, Atrium Health Navicent has been named to AHA’s “Target Type 2 Diabetes” Honor Roll, which recognizes hospitals that are taking steps to help stroke patients control and manage Type 2 diabetes, a well-established risk factor for stroke.

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About Atrium Health Navicent Atrium Health Navicent is the leading provider of healthcare in central and south Georgia and is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Atrium Health Navicent provides high-quality, personalized care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system in the Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation’s leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. Throughout its 125-year history in the community, Atrium Health Navicent has remained dedicated to enhancing health and wellness

Hamilton Medical Center reminding community members to B.E. F.A.S.T. 1:19 pm

Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) is encouraging community members to be aware about the dangers of stroke and steps to take to avoid stroke. May is National Stroke Awareness Month.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, causing brain cells to die.


“It’s very important to be treated quickly to minimize the effects of a stroke,” said Meagan Darnell, HMC stroke program coordinator. “Knowing the signs of stroke could save your life or the life of a family member or friend.”


The B.E. F.A.S.T. acronym is a valuable tool to help identify a possible stroke. The letters stand for balance, eyes, face, arms, speech and time – all factors in identifying and getting treated for stroke.


“When experiencing the symptoms of stroke, every second counts,” said Darnell. “So does getting the right level of care as quickly as possible.


HMC has a nationally ranked, highly trained Rapid Stroke Team on staff. HMC has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.


To avoid stroke, it is recommended to stay active, eat healthy, quit smoking, control cholesterol and watch your blood pressure.



Atrium Health Navicent Physicians Urge Women to Prioritize Their Health During National Women’s Health Week 3:54 pm

The community is invited to join Atrium Health Navicent in recognizing May 8-14 as National Women’s Health Week. Beginning on Mother’s Day each year, this week serves as a reminder for women to take care of themselves and to make their health a priority.

National Women’s Health Week is a week-long health observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, and this year’s theme is “Forward Focus: Achieving Healthier Futures Together.”

Prioritizing your physical and mental health has never been more important. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many women put off taking care of their general health and wellness needs. They also adjusted their daily routines, including the way they connect with family and friends. The combination has led to serious health problems for some women.

During National Women’s Health Week, doctors at Atrium Health Navicent are encouraging women and girls to reflect on their individual health needs and take steps to improve their overall health. Whether you continue current activities or find new ones, now is a great time for all women and girls to focus on better health, especially those with underlying health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular and respiratory conditions. This is also a great time for family, friends and the community to take actions to support women and help them achieve the best health possible.

“Women’s Health Week is more important now than ever as we realize the general health and wellness needs of this unprecedented time,” said Dr. Vincent Fang, an OB-GYN practicing at Atrium Health Navicent Women’s Care OB/GYN. “I encourage every woman to recognize that your health is the greatest investment you can make in yourself. National Women’s Health Week should be a reminder to all women to take a break and align their mental, social, and physical wellbeing. Schedule that checkup, exercise and watch your diet. Women fill so many needs for their families, their careers and their community. Investment into your own health now will increase your involvement for future generations to come.”

Women can improve or maintain their physical and mental health by:

• Getting back on track with regularly scheduled well-woman visits (check-ups) and preventative screenings.

• Continuing to protect yourself against COVID-19 through vaccinations and booster shots.

• Being active. Take a walk, dance to your favorite music or begin a new exercise program.

• Maintaining a healthy weight through healthy eating choices, which may include swapping water for a sugary drink or trying a new recipe.

• Paying attention to mental health, which may include getting enough sleep, managing stress and practicing selfcare.

• Avoiding unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, texting while driving and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

• Seeking help if you are experiencing domestic violence, or offer support to a friend or family member who may be in an abusive relationship.

To find a doctor, visit and click “Find A Doctor.”

About Atrium Health Navicent Atrium Health Navicent is the leading provider of healthcare in central and south Georgia and is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Atrium Health Navicent provides high-quality, personalized care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system in the Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation’s leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. Throughout its 125-year history in the community, Atrium Health Navicent has remained dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. It is also one of the leading teaching hospitals in the region, helping to ensure viability for rural health care for the next generation. For more information, please visit



Patients and visitors can now feel even safer when visiting Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC). Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is the first health system in the nation to provide the highest level of safety by training its security team with the Apex Virtual Reality Simulator.

“Our hospitals are now busier than ever,” said Rosetta Wright, Security Supervisor at NGMC Braselton. “It can be stressful for families and friends, and we want to make sure we are providing them with the peace of mind that we are doing everything we can to secure their safety.”

Apex Officer is a virtual reality simulator worn on the head – just like gaming devices – during training. It provides realistic and immersive de-escalation and crisis intervention training through randomized scenarios that are much like real life situations. Each has different results and outcomes to every action – all so NGHS security officers can respond more effectively.

In recent years, threats of active shooters and a rising concern for better security has increased. It is important for officers to de-escalate situations before they result in disaster. In almost every encounter, security officers are having to de-escalate adverse or difficult situations.

 “Our officers are always confronted with new and challenging situations, and this new equipment will help prepare us for all sorts of scenarios,” says Darrell Townsend, Security Director at Northeast Georgia Health System. “We look forward to training our officers with this equipment to provide the highest level of safety for our staff, patients and visitors.”

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Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a non-profit on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. Our team cares for more than 1 million people across the region through four hospitals and a variety of outpatient locations. Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has campuses in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder and Dahlonega – with a total of more than 700 beds and more than 1,100 medical staff members representing more than 60 specialties. Learn more at

St. Mary’s certified as Georgia’s first Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center 7:26 pm

St. Mary’s has become the first hospital in Georgia to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for certification as a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center. St. Mary’s simultaneously received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for meeting specific standards of care for patients with stroke.

The Athens hospital provides a full continuum of stroke services including emergency care, critical care, rehabilitative services, prevention and education. The new certifications reflect St. Mary’s ability to provide mechanical thrombectomy services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in conjunction with neurological interventional specialists Dr. Neil Woodall and Dr. Feroze Afzal.


Mechanical thrombectomy uses minimally invasive technology to physically remove blood clots from the large blood vessels that supply blood to the brain. These large-vessel blood clots produce some of the most severe strokes and are often too large to treat with clot-busting drugs. When performed soon enough after a stroke begins, removing the clot may restore blood flow, save brain cells that would otherwise die, and reduce the risk of disability and death.


“We are proud to be the first hospital in the state of Georgia to receive thrombectomy-capable certification,” said St. Mary’s President and CEO Montez Carter.


“Our team has been on the forefront of stroke care for more than 20 years,” Carter noted. “These certifications demonstrate our ongoing commitment to staying on the leading edge. Our stroke program has saved many lives and helped untold numbers of people prevent or recover from profound disability. Our new capabilities are already helping even more people continue to lead full and meaningful lives after what would otherwise be a devastating stroke.”


St. Mary’s underwent a rigorous onsite review in early March. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with stroke-related certification standards, including processes and procedures, staff training, and the use of best practices for the safe delivery of care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.


“Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend St. Mary’s for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients.”


St. Mary’s received its first Joint Commission certification as a primary stroke center in 2004, becoming one of the first 20 community hospitals in the nation to be certified. St. Mary’s went on to be certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center a few years later and received its first American Heart Association/American Stroke Assocation Get With the Guidelines Gold-Plus award for stroke care in 2010. The hospital has received the AHA/ASA Gold-Plus award every year since.


St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro and St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital in Lavonia are not included in the Joint Commission certification. However, both are designated by the state of Georgia as remote treatment stroke centers. This designation means the hospitals, using telehealth connections with stroke experts in larger communities, have the ability to rapidly evaluate patients with stroke symptoms and administer the clot-busting drug tPA (Alteplase) when appropriate. Patients can then recover at the local hospital or be rushed to St. Mary’s in Athens for mechanical thrombectomy, if necessary.


“We congratulate St. Mary’s for this outstanding achievement,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Stroke Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients.”




About stroke

Stroke is a medical emergency. It affects about 795,000 people a year in the United States, according to the CDC, and is a leading cause of death and disability. It happens when blood flow to part of the brain is stopped or seriously reduced. In nearly 90 percent of strokes, the cause is a blood clot that gets stuck in a blood vessel, blocking blood flow. This kind of stroke is called ischemic. In the other 10-15 percent of cases, the cause is a torn blood vessel, known as a hemmorhagic stroke.


The type of stroke is important. The clot-busting drug tPA cannot be given to someone with a hemmorhagic stroke because it will make the bleeding worse.


Once blood flow stops, brain cells “downstream” from the blockage quickly become stressed due to lack of oxygen and the build-up of waste products. Within minutes, the brain cells most affected by the stroke begin to die. In the most severe strokes, up to 2 million brain cells may die each minute.


Getting care fast is essential. The longer the flow of blood remains stopped, the more brain tissue dies. tPA and mechanical thrombectomy can restore blood flow and save cells that are stressed, but they cannot resurrect cells that have already died.


“That’s why it is vital for people to call 911 the moment symptoms appear,” says Whitney Barfield, RN, St. Mary’s stroke coordinator. “EMS begins preparing the patient for intervention, treats any emergent needs en route, and alerts the hospital of a stroke patient so that we can expedite treatment. Every second saved saves up to 33,000 precious brain cells. We love our partners in EMS!”


Know how to recognize the sudden signs of stroke: Think BE FAST

Balance – sudden loss of balance or coordination?

Eyes – double vision or loss of vision in one eye?

Face – does the mouth droop on one side?

Arms – does one arm drift downward?

Speech – slurring or difficulty saying the right words?

Time – Time to call 911!


For more information about Joint Commission certification, please visit The Joint Commission website.


For more information about St. Mary’s stroke services, please visit




St. Mary’s Health Care System, a member of Trinity Health, is a faith-based, not-for-profit health care ministry whose mission is to be a compassionate and transforming healing presence in the communities it serves. St. Mary’s puts special focus on neurosciences, cardiac care, orthopedics, general medicine, general surgery, women’s and children’s health, and care for older adults. St. Mary’s includes hospitals in Athens, Lavonia and Greensboro, as well as a multi-practice medical group, a retirement community, outpatient care facilities, graduate medical education, and a region-wide home health care/hospice service. St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens is a certified chest pain center and a gold-plus hospital for stroke care. For more information, visit St. Mary’s website at



You or your business can now get a tax credit while supporting your local hospital and health system at the same time, thanks to Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Lumpkin qualifying for Georgia’s rural hospital tax credit program. This program, also known as Georgia HEART, was established to help rural and critical access hospitals increase their funding and ability to provide care.

“A program like this is vital, especially when so many people are relying on rural hospitals across the state that are struggling or already closing their doors,” says Sonja McLendon, interim president of NGMC Lumpkin. “Northeast Georgia Health System has worked for years to preserve local access to hospital care for Lumpkin County, and this tax credit program has the potential to be a win-win for helping us enhance services and letting local taxpayers decide where their dollars go.”

From January to June, individuals can apply for tax credit up to $5,000 for individuals, $10,000 for married couples or even more for businesses. Starting May 16, Georgia HEART will begin accepting applications for unlimited contributions – which will be awarded on July 1 while tax credits last. Dollars directed to NGMC Lumpkin will go directly to support services and enhancements at the hospital.

“The program’s leaders tell us they expect these tax credits to go extremely fast, so it will be important for people to be ready to apply now for the limited contributions or on May 16 for the unlimited contributions,” says McLendon. “If you’re interested but aren’t sure what next step is right for you, just ask whoever prepares your taxes.”

Individuals and businesses paying Georgia income taxes are eligible to receive a 100% state income tax credit designating those dollars to NGMC Lumpkin through the program. Learn more and apply today at

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) plans to break ground later this year on a future campus of NGMC Lumpkin along GA-400. The move will mean easier access for more people commuting along the busy highway, especially for 24/7/365 emergency care. The future campus is also planned to provide inpatient care, imaging, a focus on outpatient surgeries and more. Learn more about the plans and other expansion projects at


Since 1951, Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has been on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. With hospitals located in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder and Dahlonega, the four NGMC campuses have a total of more than 750 beds and more than 1,200 medical staff members representing more than 60 specialties. NGMC is part of Northeast Georgia Health System, a non-profit that cares for more than one million people across more than 19 counties. Learn more at

Join Atrium Health Navicent in Observing Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month 5:11 pm

Atrium Health Navicent invites the community to observe Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month during April by learning more about the risks posed by persistent gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and smoking, and how adopting healthy lifestyle habits reduce esophageal cancer risk.

Esophageal cancer affects the esophagus, which is the long, muscular tube that moves food from the mouth to the stomach. According to the American Cancer Society, 20,640 new cases of esophageal cancer will be diagnosed in 2022, resulting in about 16,410 deaths. The lifetime risk of esophageal cancer in the United States is about 1 in 125 for men and about 1 in 417 for women.

One major risk factor for esophageal cancer is GERD, commonly known as acid reflux or chronic heartburn. GERD is caused when the gastroesophageal valve allows stomach contents to wash backwards, or reflux, into the esophagus, causing injury to the esophageal lining. Persistent acid reflux can lead to a condition called Barrett’s esophagus. If left untreated, Barrett’s esophagus can lead to cancer. An estimated 20 percent of American adults suffer from GERD.

Fortunately, Atrium Health Navicent Heartburn Treatment Center is committed to helping treat those with GERD. Treatment paths include medication, endoscopic procedures and minimally invasive surgery. The goal of treatment is to provide symptomatic relief, to heal esophagitis (if present), and avoidance of complications.

Two other major risk factors include chronic alcohol use and chronic tobacco use. Tobacco use is the most common lifestyle risk factor for developing esophageal cancer in the United States. Atrium Health Navicent Peyton Anderson Cancer Center offers a free, four-week smoking cessation class. The class involves group discussion, social support and guidance in choosing which method of quitting is best for you.

A great way to help decrease your risk for esophageal cancer is through healthy lifestyle choices. People who engage in regular physical activity may have a lower risk of developing esophageal cancer. In addition, a balanced diet that’s high in fruits and vegetables may also help to lower your risk.

“Unfortunately, the symptoms of esophageal cancer – difficulty swallowing, chest pain, bleeding and weight loss – may only be present after the disease has reached an advanced stage,” said Dr. Jay Anderson, a gastroenterologist practicing at Atrium Health Navicent Gastroenterology & Hepatology.” To help reduce your risk, avoid tobacco use and avoid or minimize alcohol intake. Also, if you suffer from GERD, be sure to have regular visits with your primary care physician who may refer you to a specialist for additional treatment.”

For more information about the Atrium Health Navicent Heartburn Treatment Center, call 478-633-4373 or 478-633-8771. To register for smoking cessation classes, call 478-633-3000. To find a doctor, visit and click “Find A Doctor.”

About Atrium Health Navicent Atrium Health Navicent, the leading provider of health care in central and south Georgia, is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Providing more than 1,000 beds and offering care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region, Atrium Health Navicent provides care for health care consumers’ through an academic medical center; community, pediatric and rehabilitation hospitals; urgent care centers; physician practices; diagnostic centers; home health; hospice and palliative care; and a life plan community. Atrium Health Navicent is dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. For more information, please visit


Hamilton Medical Center again receives ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation 6:42 pm

The American College of Cardiology has again recognized Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. HMC was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI in March based on rigorous virtual evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.


Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.


Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, they have streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes.


“Hamilton has demonstrated its commitment to providing the Northwest Georgia area with excellent heart care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Hamilton with Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation.”


Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.



With Hospitals Under Fire, Tanner Raises Nearly $10,000 1:16 pm

“Tanner United With Ukraine” Supports Doctors Without Borders


Tanner Health System physicians, nurses, staff and community have donated nearly $10,000 to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières to provide aid and medical supplies to Ukrainian healthcare providers working under grave conditions. A month into the war in Ukraine, hospitals and aid workers in Ukraine are being targeted by artillery and airstrikes.


The World Health Organization estimates that there have been 82 attacks on hospitals, ambulances and doctors in Ukraine causing 72 deaths and 43 injuries. This prevents access to essential care already strained by shortages of food, water and medical supplies.


Increased attacks on healthcare facilities across the country have caused serious injuries to patients and healthcare workers, and damaged or destroyed healthcare facilities. Thousands have been forced to go without first aid, as well as routine care such as maternal and child health care, complex care for cancer, stroke or kidney dialysis, and treatment for infectious diseases, including COVID-19 and tuberculosis.


On April 4, a team from Doctors Without Borders met with health authorities at an oncology hospital also treating wounded in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv. The cancer hospital came under fire from explosions that also targeted a nearby pediatric hospital. The team was unhurt but witnessed injuries and at least one person killed.


“Tanner United With Ukraine” was launched to support the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières Emergency Relief Fund, which addresses the mental, emotional and physical well-being of the people living on the front lines of conflict. The fund has helped deliver essential staff and medical supplies to Ukraine and the surrounding region.


“From physician to physician, and medical organization to medical organization, Tanner is proud to be part of the worldwide effort to help ease suffering and provide essential medical aid to the Ukrainian people,” said Loy Howard, president and CEO of Tanner. “We invite our entire community to join us in helping to address this urgent need for healthcare and medical supplies.”


Concerned community members are invited to join Tanner in supporting the people of Ukraine by visiting the “Tanner United With Ukraine” page on the Doctors Without Borders website at

Hamilton Medical Center recognized for quality medical excellence, patient safety 1:09 pm

Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) was recently recognized for medical excellence and patient safety quality by CareChex®. HMC was ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation in three categories for 2021.

The awards are based on a comprehensive quality scoring system that compares inpatient quality performance across general, acute and non-federal U.S. hospitals.

For Medical Excellence, HMC was recognized in the following categories:


For Patient Safety, HMC was recognized in the following categories:

Since 2009, Quantros has compiled the CareChex ratings to provide an objective quality review of all hospitals and health systems in America, with ratings for Safety and overall Medical Excellence at the national, state and regional level. The CareChex awards are based on a rigorous review of patient complications, readmissions, mortality, AHRQ patient safety indicators and inpatient quality indicators.

The vast data sets don’t include any self-reported or survey data, and results are tested for statistical significance, resulting in clearer, more accurate performance differentiation across 39 clinical categories in both Medical Excellence and Patient Safety.



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