Piedmont Hospital was ranked No. 2 behind Emory University Hospital in the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the best hospitals in Atlanta. Northside Hospital and St. Joseph’s tied for No. 7.

The full methodology for the rankings can be found here http://health.usnews.com/health-news/best-hospitals/articles/2011/07/18/the-methodology-for-hospital-rankings-in-94-metro-areas  The rankings involve a whittling down process that eventually involves ranking in large metro areas, such as Atlanta.

“Hospitals within each metro area with a population of 500,000 or more were then ranked based on the number of specialties in which each was nationally ranked or high-performing,” U.S. News and World Report explained on their website. “ In each metro area, hospitals are ordered first by the number of specialties in which they were nationally ranked, then by the number of specialties in which they were high-performing.”

Piedmont hospital was recognized for Gastroenterology; Cancer; Diabetes & Endocrinology.

“As we navigate a changing healthcare industry, providing safe, quality care and service is extremely important, and we will strive to sustain clinical excellence by raising the bar each year,” Les Donahue, president and CEO of Piedmont Hospital, said in a press release. “We are honored to share the news of this success with the communities we serve, and we are pleased to receive our first national recognition for our gastroenterology program.”

The full ranking can be found here http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/atlanta-ga

Here is Piedmont Hospital’s full statement on the rankings:

Piedmont Hospital Achieves U.S. News and World Report Rankings
Ranked as Top Acute-Care Community Hospital in Metro Atlanta and  Metro Area’s No. 2 Hospital Overall in 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings

ATLANTA, Ga. (July 19, 2011) – Among metro Atlanta area hospitals, Piedmont Hospital has ranked as the top acute-care community hospital in metro Atlanta and the metro area’s No. 2 hospital overall on the 2011-12 Best Hospitals list by U.S. News and World Report. Piedmont climbed in the rankings, earning its first-ever national ranking, in gastroenterology, and recognition for 10 additional high-performing specialties as well.

In addition to the national ranking at No. 48 for Piedmont Hospital’s gastroenterology program, a total of 10 specialties offered at Piedmont Hospital were listed as high-performing: cancer care; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; gynecology; kidney disorders; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopaedics; and pulmonology.

The core mission of the national Best Hospitals ranking is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. The regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The U.S. News metro rankings give many such patients and their families more options of hospitals within their community and in their health insurance network.

Piedmont “is among the best hospitals in the Atlanta area,” said U.S. News and World Report’s Avery Comarow, Health Rankings Editor, earlier this year. “Newly expanded U.S. News rankings of hospitals in the 94 most-populous metropolitan areas show that, in 10 specialties, Piedmont offers Atlantans high-quality care. In those specialties…its performance puts it above most other hospitals that are not nationally ranked.”

“As we navigate a changing healthcare industry, providing safe, quality care and service is extremely important, and we will strive to sustain clinical excellence by raising the bar each year,” said Les Donahue, president and CEO of Piedmont Hospital. “We are honored to share the news of this success with the communities we serve, and we are pleased to receive our first national recognition for our gastroenterology program.”

The U.S. News and World Report has published the annual Best Hospitals list for more than 20 years, identifying the top hospitals in their field nationwide. Earlier this year, the list was expanded to identify top hospitals among 94 metro areas. To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties. Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties—survival rates (32.5%); reputation among physicians (32.5%); patient safety (5%), and other care-related indicators like patient satisfaction, technology, and nurse staffing (30%).” The metro area rankings are designed to be relevant to a much wider range of consumers, and rank hospitals that offer exemplary care in both specialty areas and in overall health care services to their city, state, and region. The Best Hospitals metro area rankings are available online at usnews.com/hospitals.

The rankings will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale August 30.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com