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U.S. News Ranks The Medical Center of Central Georgia Nationally for Cardiology,
Heart Surgery

MCCG Ranked Second Best Hospital in Georgia,
Performs Highly in Nine National Categories

U.S. News & World Report last week released its annual Best Hospitals rankings. This year's Best Hospitals, the 23rd annual edition, showcases more than 720 of the nation's roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. The rest of the recognized hospitals met a standard of performance nearly as demanding in one or more specialties.

The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) was nationally ranked in the Cardiology and Heart Surgery category. MCCG was listed as high-performing in the following nine adult specialties: Diabetes and Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Urology, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Pulmonology. In addition, MCCG scored high in patient safety, and commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes.

MCCG was among 148 facilities, roughly three percent of the 4,793 analyzed for the latest Best Hospitals rankings, to be ranked in even one of the 16 specialties. MCCG is the second highest ranking hospital in the state of Georgia, only behind Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

"All of Central Georgia should be very proud of the job our employees and physicians are doing for our patients. As we put our patients first and pursue perfection, we will continue to challenge our processes and foster continued performance improvement," said Joe Lavelle, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at MCCG.

 The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges.

"All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care," said Comarow. "They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases." 

The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Highlights of the 2012-13 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, to go on sale in August. 

The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

Charles Briscoe
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