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U.S. News Ranks The Medical Center of Central Georgia Nationally for Cardiology, Heart Surgery

U.S. News Ranks The Medical Center of Central Georgia Nationally for Cardiology, Heart Surgery

MCCG Performs Highly in 10 National Categories, Ranked Second Best Hospital in Georgia  

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, July 16, 2013) - U.S. News & World Report has released its Best Hospitals rankings for 2013-2014. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. For the second 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 and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology.

“Central Georgians should take pride in knowing the highest level of care is found right here at home. This recognition is a testament to the quality of care that we provide for our patients. 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 has been ranked the second highest ranking hospital in the state of Georgia and is recognized as one of the best hospitals on the coastal plain.

“The Medical Center of Central Georgia continues to provide exceptional care among an exemplary set of hospitals. To be recognized in even one specialty is outstanding. To be recognized in 10 and nationally ranked in one is phenomenal,” said Dr. Fady Wanna, Chief Medical Officer of MCCG.

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 added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the 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.

“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of. Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region's best. Just three percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor.

View our announcement video here.

The rankings have been published at and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.

(In the attached photo: The Medical Center of Central Georgia's Albert Luce Heart Tower. MCCG was recently named one of the top hospitals in the U.S. for Cardiology and Heart Surgery.)