Created: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:20:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:43:15 EST
The Medical Center of Central Georgia has been ranked as the second best hospital in Georgia in the annual rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.
The Medical Center ranked behind only Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for top honors in the state.
Outside of Atlanta, in a region the magazine called the coastal plain, the Medical Center ranked first among all hospitals.
Besides the regional and statewide rankings, the Medical Center was ranked 48th in the nation among the 720 hospitals that offer cardiology and heart surgery. In this category in Georgia, only Emory University Hospital ranked higher, at 44th.
It was the second year in a row that the Medical Center has been among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery.
The Medical Center of Central Georgia also was among high-performing hospitals in 10 adult specialties: cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.
No other hospital in Central Georgia was listed as ranked or high-performing in any category.
“The Medical Center of Central Georgia continues to provide exceptional care among an exemplary set of hospitals," Dr. Fady Wanna, Chief Medical Officer of MCCG said in a statement. "To be recognized in even one specialty is outstanding. To be recognized in 10 and nationally ranked in one is phenomenal.”
According to the magazine, all hospitals considered for a specialty "are experienced in treating difficult cases."
"A hospital is listed only if at least 1,321 inpatients in need of a high level of expertise in this specialty were treated there in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The top 50 hospitals are ranked, based on score. The rest are listed alphabetically," the magazine stated.
U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals rankings have been done for 24 years. The rankings are available online at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.