Gwinnett Medical Center Ranks Among the Top 10 Percent in the Nation for Stroke, Pulmonary and Critical Care

Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth again rank as top hospitals in the state for patient outcomes for stroke, pulmonary and critical care, according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make informed decisions about physicians and hospitals. GMC is the only hospital system in Georgia to be a recipient of the Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards for Stroke, Pulmonary and Critical Care for three consecutive years.

The results come from the report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades to the Nation, which evaluates how about 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011. Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt out in or out of being measured, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital.

“I am so proud of the commitment that our physicians and associates have made to providing superior care to our patients and gratified to see how that commitment results in outstanding clinical performance,” said GMC President and CEO Phil Wolfe, after receiving the results of the report. “Healthgrades provides an invaluable public service and we strive continually to deliver excellent medical care and maintain the designation as top hospitals for treating these serious illnesses both in our region, and the state.”

GMC opened the Strickland Heart Center in 2011 to provide the community with access to a comprehensive array of advanced cardiovascular services, including open heart surgery.  Its state-of-the-art operating rooms and cardiac catheterization laboratories feature the latest in surgical technology. GMC also operates an accredited Chest Pain Center in the emergency department, a cardiac wellness program certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and a full range of cardiac diagnostic services.

In addition to top state rankings, GMC is the recipient of many five-star designations. Healthgrades found that patients have a 75 percent lower risk of dying when treated at a hospital receiving five stars than if they were treated at a hospital receiving one star, based on risk-adjusted mortality rates across 18 common procedures and diagnoses, such as heart bypass surgery, stroke and pneumonia. GMC received five stars in the following areas:

  • Treatment of stroke for four years in a row (2010-201
  • Overall pulmonary services for three years in a row (2011-2013)
  • Overall critical care for three years in a row (2011-2013)
  • Treatment of heart failure for six years in a row (2008-2013)
  • Treatment of pneumonia for nine years in a row (2005-2013)
  • Treatment of sepsis for six years in a row (2008-2013)
  • Treatment of respiratory failure for three years in a row (2011-13)

About Gwinnett Medical Center

Recognized by Healthgrades™ as America’s 100 Best Hospitals, Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Offering cardiovascular, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services, GMC’s 4,200 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit or follow us at, or

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at

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