Two local hospitals – Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital in Sandy Springs and Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in Buckhead – were named to the list of the 100 Great Hospitals in America by Becker’s Healthcare.

A third metro Atlanta healthcare facility, Emory University Hospital, located on the college’s campus in DeKalb County, was also named to the list.

The list, released in April, includes hospitals that have been recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes and staff and physician satisfaction.

The hospitals are listed alphabetically so there are no rankings or numbers associated with the list.

Hospitals are selected for this list based on analysis of ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-19 rankings, CareChex, Healthgrades, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades and IBM Watson Health top hospitals.

Regarding Piedmont, Becker’s stated, “The 643-bed Piedmont Atlanta Hospital reports 54,662 emergency department visits, 28,587 inpatient admissions and 279,700 outpatient encounters annually.”

Becker’s also mentioned Piedmont’s Level 1 vascular center, 2018 Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines stroke program and the construction of Piedmont Atlanta Tower.

“This recognition is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the staff at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital,” Piedmont Atlanta CEO Patrick Battey, M.D., FACS, said in a news release. “I’m so proud of the work they do each day and of their demonstrated commitment to making a positive difference in every life we touch.”

Regarding Emory St. Joseph’s, Becker’s stated, “Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1880, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is the longest-serving hospital in Atlanta. It has grown to include a 32-acre hospital campus with 410 beds and 66 ICU beds. The hospital had 14,000-plus inpatient visits, 120,000-plus outpatient visits and 33,000-plus emergency room visits during fiscal year 2016.”

Emory’s two hospitals plus Piedmont Atlanta are the only Georgia ones on the list. In a news release, Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, president, CEO and chairman of the board of Emory Healthcare, said he was pleased with that hospital system’s dual honors.

“We are proud to have two of our hospitals in the ranks with so many other well-respected health care organizations around the nation,” he said. “We thank all of the many care teams across our system, whose excellence in patient care contribute to us achieving these recognitions.”

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In related news, Emory St. Joseph’s is the first community hospital and one of only three hospitals in the world to achieve its sixth consecutive Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. The center made the announcement to a room full of the hospital’s excited nurses, physicians, administrators and other staff members. Magnet designation is a reflection of nursing professionalism, teamwork and quality in patient care, and the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.

Emory St. Joseph’s became the third hospital in the world to receive Magnet designation, with its first designation in 1995. It is now one of 492 U.S. hospitals out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals to achieve Magnet recognition.

“Magnet is about the culture of an organization,” Julie Swann, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Emory St. Joseph’s, said in a news release. “For us, living our mission of delivering compassionate, clinically excellent health care in the spirit of loving service to those in need, is our foundation. Our patients are the true north. Through this, our nursing teams strive to deliver outstanding, evidence-based care with a huge support structure surrounding us.”


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