Data analyses reveal state rankings
This year, legislative and policy changes in the healthcare arena continue to foster uncertainty among providers around ways to improve patient outcomes and lower costs. Despite this uncertain climate, hospitals in Georgia are making strategic investments to increase operational efficiencies while working to improve patient experience and outcomes.
For this list, which includes hospitals that provide a range of services, Georgia Trend groups hospitals of similar size and mission. The categories are Teaching Hospitals, whose primary mission is teaching – regardless of size – and are certified by the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Teachibg Hospitals and Health Systems; Large Hospitals (250+ patient beds); Medium Hospitals (100-249 beds); and Small Hospitals (fewer than 100 beds). The American Hospital Directory provided the hospital bed size.
In addition, hospitals in the ranking includes those that participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Value Based Purchasing program. The CMS program does not include Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers, children’s hospitals, critical access hospitals and long-term care facilities. A Total Performance Score was used to rank the hospitals in each group using information on clinical process, patient experience, outcome and efficiency. The hospital rankings are based on CMS data downloaded Aug. 18, 2018. Analysis of the data was completed for Georgia Trend by independent consultant Mark A. Thompson, associate dean and professor at the Hull College of Business at Augusta University.
While hospital rankings can assist consumers in providing valuable information on overall hospital performance, there are many factors that an individual should consider when deciding where to go for hospital services. Consumers should consult their doctors or other healthcare professionals before making a decision. – Mark A. Thompson
Top Medium-sized Hospitals
1.Memorial Hospital and Manor, Bainbridge
2.Union General Hospital, Blairsville
3.Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville
4.Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Johns Creek
5.Donalsonville Hospital, Donalsonville
6.Navicent Health Baldwin, Milledgeville
7.Tanner Medical Center Villa Rica, Villa Rica
8.Houston Medical Center, Warner Robbins
9.Tift Regional Medical Center, Tifton
10.Well star Douglas Hospital, Douglasville
11.Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin
12.Crisp Regional Hospital, Cordele
13.Taylor Regional Hospital, Hawkinsville
14.Emanuel Medical Center
15.Tanner Medical Center – Carrollton, Carrollton