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U.S. News & World Report Names Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin Among ‘Best Nursing Homes’ in the Nation

Atrium Health facilities were among just 13% nationally to achieve high performing status

Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin’s skilled nursing unit has been recognized among the “Best Nursing Homes” in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News gives the designation of Best Nursing Home only to those that satisfy its assessment of the appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures.

Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin’s skilled nursing unit achieved five stars and a “high performing” rating in short-term rehabilitation. Of the 360 nursing homes in Georgia, the Milledgeville facility was one of just eight in the state that received a five-star rating.

“This recognition reflects our teammates’ outstanding efforts to provide high quality health care, close to home, for residents of the Milledgeville and the lake area,” said Atrium Heath Navicent Baldwin CEO Todd Dixon. “We appreciate U.S. News & World Report for recognizing us with this honor.”

Two Atrium Health nursing homes in North Carolina — Atrium Health Jesse Helms Nursing Center and Atrium Health Sardis Oaks —were also recognized by the publication and join Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin’s skilled nursing unit as being among just 13% of U.S. skilled nursing facilities to receive the distinction.

“We are grateful for the expertise and experience of our teams who care for our patients and residents, especially in light of the significant challenges of the last two years,” said Dr. John Barkley, vice president and chief medical officer for Continuing Care Services at Atrium Health. “The credit for this distinction lies with our care teams – including our physicians, nurses, certified nursing assistants, nutritionists and other specialists – who have worked tirelessly to provide the best possible care to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.”

U.S. News & World Report evaluates nearly 16,000 skilled nursing facilities across the United States, annually. The organization creates a calculation that rates the best skilled nursing facilities at 4.5 to 5 stars. This rating is based on each facility’s performance over time, calculating key quality care measurements, in conjunction with therapy hours and nursing staff to patient ratios. This time-lapsed measurement makes such a designation for skilled nursing facilities difficult to achieve.

"U.S. News takes pride in providing relevant, up-to-date information when making any sort of health care decision," said Zach Adams, health data engineer at U.S. News. "This important information can help families, residents and caregivers make a decision that keeps safety and accessibility at the highest priority."

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent is the leading provider of healthcare in central and south Georgia and is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Atrium Health Navicent provides high-quality, personalized care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system in the Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation’s leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. Throughout its 125-year history in the community, Atrium Health Navicent has remained dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. It is also one of the leading teaching hospitals in the region, helping to ensure viability for rural health care for the next generation. For more information, please visit