Medical Center ranked high by U.S. News & World Report

lmorris@macon.comJuly 16, 2014 

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The Medical Center of Central Georgia on Pine St.

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The Medical Center of Central Georgia has been ranked a top hospital in the country for cardiology treatment and heart surgery, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

The Medical Center is ranked 45th nationally for that combined speciality. It is among 144 facilities -- roughly 3 percent of the 4,743 that were analyzed for the latest Best Hospitals rankings -- to be ranked in at least one of the 16 specialties, according to a news release.

The hospital also was high-performing in 10 adult specialties: cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. The hospital ranked high-performing for the same specialties in last year’s report.

The Medical Center was named the second-highest-ranking hospital in the state, behind Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The Medical Center’s ranking is the same as last year.

Three weighted factors are used to rank hospitals, including hospital structure, reputation and outcomes, according to U.S. News & World Report.

A teaching hospital, the Medical Center is a 659-bed general medical and surgical facility with 32,993 admissions in the most recent report to U.S. News & World Report. The report said the Medical Center performed 8,443 annual inpatient and 10,162 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 62,807 visits.

Data for the national report included nearly 5,000 hospitals and results from surveys of more than 9,500 physicians to rank the best centers in 16 adult specialties from cancer to urology, the release said. Death rates, patient safety and hospital reputation were among the factors considered.

The rankings have been published at

www.health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014-15 guidebook, available in late August.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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