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For Third Consecutive Year, MCCG Nationally Recognized by U.S. News for Cardiology, Heart Surgery

For Third Consecutive Year, MCCG Nationally Recognized by U.S. News for Cardiology, Heart Surgery

MCCG Ranked Second Best Hospital in Georgia, Performs Highly in 11 National Categories 

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, July 15, 2014) - U.S. News & World Report has released its Best Hospitals rankings for 2014-2015. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. For the third consecutive year, The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has been recognized as one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation in the Cardiology and Heart Surgery category.

MCCG was also listed as high-performing in the following 10 adult specialties: Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology.

“This recognition is a testament to the quality of care that we provide for our patients. Central Georgians can take pride in having a nationally recognized healthcare provided right here at home. We are and will continue to be a healthcare destination, and we will continue to challenge our processes and foster continued performance improvement,” said Dr. Ninfa Saunders, President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System and MCCG.

MCCG is the second highest ranking hospital in the state of Georgia and is recognized as one of the best hospitals on the coastal plain.

“To be nationally recognized for the third consecutive year is a testament to the consistency with which The Medical Center of Central Georgia provides world-class care. To be recognized among the nation's top hospitals in one specialty would be a great achievement, but to be recognized in 11 specialties is extraordinary, and defines the caliber of care that we provide,” said Dr. Fady Wanna, Chief Medical Officer of MCCG.

For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just three percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty. U.S. News also recognizes hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers and represent valuable regional sources of quality care.

“The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of. A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor.

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings are freely available at and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.