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HealthGrades ranks Gwinnett Medical among 100 Best Hospitals

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Gwinnett Medical Center, with hospitals in Duluth and Lawrenceville, has been named by HealthGrades as one of America”s 100 Best, and one of only three hospital systems in the entire state of Georgia to earn this distinction.

“This recognition is the result of the daily focus that physicians, nurses and staff at Lawrenceville and Duluth place on exceptional patient care and high quality outcomes,”# said Philip Wolfe, president and CEO of Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC). “It is the knowledge, skill and dedication of GMC”s teams who care for our patients, and create a caring culture combined with clinical excellence that is unique in our area.”#

To be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were in the top five percent in the nation for the most consecutive years. On average, patients treated at America”s 100 Best Hospitals had nearly a 30 percent lower risk of death.

HealthGrades found that if all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of Gwinnett Medical Center, more than a half million Medicare deaths could have been prevented between 2000 and 2010. This finding was based on an analysis of more than 150 million Medicare patient records.

“As our nation seeks to elevate the quality of care at all hospitals, these elite facilities provide a roadmap for success,”# said Dr. Arshad Rahim, HealthGrades Director of Accelerated Clinical Excellence. “Consumers increasingly are demanding greater transparency and quality when selecting healthcare providers. These hospitals are delivering. We commend them for their dedication to excellence in patient care.”#

HealthGrades compared the performance of America”s 100 Best Hospitals like GMC to all others and found:

”   #Collectively, during 2008 through 2010, these top hospitals had nearly a 30 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality across 17 procedures and diagnoses.

”   #From 2008 through 2010, if all hospitals performed at the level of America”s Best Hospitals, 179,593 Medicare deaths may have been prevented. Complete procedure-by-procedure comparisons of the HealthGrades America”s 100 Best Hospitals and all others can be found at HealthGrades.com HealthGrades.com. A comprehensive methodology methodology for this award and all HealthGrades hospital ratings and rankings is also available online.

Who Are America”s Best Hospitals?

”   #America”s Best Hospitals are located in 88 cities in 25 states.

”   #The majority of America”s Best Hospitals are non-profit (87 percent), seven percent are for profit, and six percent, are government owned.

America”s Best Hospitals range from 100 beds to more than 500, with 45 percent having less than 350 beds.

About Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth that provide award-winning healthcare services. GMC”s 4,200 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org.

About HealthGrades
HealthGrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More information on how HealthGrades guides Americans to their best health can be found at www.healthgrades.com.