Georgia Trend Names Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center a Top Teaching Hospital

December 7, 2021

Hospitals are ranked based on scores calculated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Georgia Trend, a regional business publication offering business analysis to more than 50,000 subscribers, recently released its “Georgia Trend 2021 Top Hospitals” listing, including Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center as one of the top teaching hospitals in Georgia.

Georgia Trend ranked the state’s Top Teaching Hospitals as follows:

  1. Emory University Hospital, Atlanta
  2. Emory University Hospital Midtown, Atlanta
  3. WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta
  4. Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center, Macon
  5. Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah
  6. Augusta University Medical Center, Augusta

Hospitals were ranked based on their Total Performance Score, a measure calculated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and based on clinical outcomes, person and community engagement, safety, and efficiency and cost reduction

“In addition to providing excellent patient care and bridging barriers to health care, we are proud to play such an important role in training the next generation of physicians and clinicians. The experiences these students, residents and fellows have at Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center will have an impact not only on their future careers, but on patients for decades to come,” said Atrium Health Navicent President and CEO Delvecchio Finley. “Thanks to the many physicians and clinicians whose work led to this recognition.”

According to its website, Georgia Trend groups hospitals into four categories – Teaching Hospitals, regardless of bed count; Large Hospitals (250 or more patient beds); Medium Hospitals (100-249 patient beds); and Small Hospitals (fewer than 100 patient beds). Georgia Trend defines teaching hospitals as hospitals whose primary mission includes teaching and are certified by the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems.

Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center offers five accredited physician residency programs and five fellowship programs. In addition, the hospital partners with a number of colleges, universities technical schools and high school career programs to offer training to students entering various health care fields.

“Since its founding as Macon Hospital in 1895, Atrium Health Navicent has incorporated education as part of its mission and service to Macon and the surrounding communities. Every year, more than 100 residents and fellows and countless other healthcare learners receive excellent clinical training within our flagship hospital,” said Dr. Patrice Walker, Chief Medical Officer for Atrium Health Navicent. “We’re proud to partner with area schools and career programs to help shape the future of health care.”

Georgia Trend’s December issue also featured Atrium Health Navicent Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital in an article spotlighting pediatric care. To read the article, visit 

Georgia Trend is a statewide business publication reaching more than 50,000 subscribers. The monthly publication offers analysis of business and political trends around the state and economic development at the local level; creates a forum for leaders to voice their opinions on critical issues; and recognizes individuals who make a positive impact on the state.

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 well-being 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