Accreditations / Certifications - Awards / Recognitions

Accreditations and Certifications

  • Each of Northside’s three hospitals has earned The Joint Commission’s (TJC) Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality, receiving select Disease-Specific Care Certifications.
    Atlanta: Pneumonia, Joint Replacement - Hip, Joint Replacement - Knee, Pre-Term Labor, Advanced Primary Stroke Center
    Cherokee: Pneumonia, Advanced Primary Stroke Center
    Forsyth: Pneumonia, Joint Replacement - Hip, Joint Replacement - Knee, Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Advanced Certification in Heart Failure

  • Northside’s Behavioral Health and Home Care services also have received TJC Gold Seal of Approval.

  • All three hospitals also are among the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ by TJC.

  • All three hospitals are accredited as Chest Pain Centers by The Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care, one of the most prestigious professional organizations focused on cardiovascular care.

  • The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, as a result of surveys performed during 2013.

  • Northside Hospital-Atlanta is designated a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology by AAGL and Surgical Review Corporation, recognizing the hospital’s unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care.

  • The bariatric surgery programs at Northside Hospital-Atlanta and Northside Hospital-Forsyth are accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program as a comprehensive center.

  • The Northside Hospital Breast Care Program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (American College of Surgeons), which recognizes centers from around the country that have achieved the highest quality breast care programs.

  • Northside's Breast Care Centers in Alpharetta, Atlanta and Cumming also are designated as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Northside Imaging Centers have additional ACR accreditations in Breast Ultrasound, CT, Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, PET, Stereotactic and Ultrasound.

  • Each of Northside’s Laboratories is accredited by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists.

  • Each of Northside’s Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

  • The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Northside Hospital has achieved national Center of Excellence awards from the major insurance managed-care companies as well as national accreditations including ones from:
    Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy
    National Marrow Donor Program
    American Association of Blood Banks
    Food and Drug Administration

  • The Echocardiography Laboratories at Northside Hospital-Atlanta, Northside Hospital-Forsyth and the Northside/Alpharetta Medical Campus have accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for providing quality patient care.  Northside Hospital-Cherokee has received IAC accreditation in Nuclear Cardiology.

Awards and Recognitions

  • In 2015, Forbes named Northside Hospital-Atlanta to its list of America’s Best Employers in a survey that polled U.S. employees across all industries. Northside ranked No.23 in the magazine’s list of 500 employers and is the only Georgia hospital which appeared. Only one hospital in the U.S. ranked higher than Northside.

  • In 2015, Northside ranked #4 on U.S. News’ list of the Best Hospitals in Georgia.

  • Atlanta consumers have consistently voted Northside Hospital-Atlanta their “Most Preferred Hospital for Overall Healthcare Needs” in the National Research Corporation’s (NRC) annual Healthcare Market Guide.

  • In 2015 Northside also was name the preferred hospital, according to NRC, in Maternity/OB and Women's/GYN services.

  • Northside Hospital-Atlanta was recognized all four consecutive years (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) of the J.D. Power and Associates' award for providing “An Outstanding Maternity Experience.”  Northside is the only hospital in Georgia to have received this award.

  • Northside Hospital-Atlanta and Northside Hospital-Forsyth were awarded Patient Safety Excellence Awards in 2011 from the HealthGrades organization.  Northside Hospital-Atlanta was previously recognized for excellence in Patient Safety (2009).  The hospital also received Quality Awards for excellence in Prostatectomy and Spine Surgery in 2012.  Northside Hospital-Forsyth received Quality Awards for excellence in Gastrointestinal Care (2011) and Stroke Care (2012).

  • Since 2007, all three Northside hospitals have scored in top tier of Georgia hospitals on the Georgia Hospital Association’s Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll.

  • Northside in Atlanta also received PHA's prestigious Quality and Patient Safety Award in 2015, in the Hospital/Health Systems category.

  • All three hospitals have received quality achievement awards for heart failure and stroke care from the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines®.
    Atlanta: Heart Failure Award Gold Plus, Stroke Award Silver Plus, Target: Stroke Honor Roll
    Cherokee: Heart Failure Award Silver Plus, Stroke Award Silver Plus
    Forsyth: Heart Failure Award Gold Plus, Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll, Stroke Award Silver Plus, Target: Stroke Honor Roll

  • Each hospital also has achieved the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Center Quality Achievement Award, recognizing Northside’s commitment and success in implementing exceptional standards of care for heart attack patients.

  • In 2012, Northside Hospital-Atlanta and Northside Hospital-Forsyth received the UnitedHealth Premium specialty center designation in recognition of quality care in cardiac services and total joint replacement care.  Northside Hospital-Atlanta also received recognition in surgical spine care.

  • Northside’s Diabetes Education Program has received continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association.

  • The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), the nation's leading GI medical society, recognized Northside's GI Endoscopy Units (three-year award) for promoting quality and safety in GI endoscopy. Northside is the only hospital-based endoscopy program in Metro Atlanta to receive this recognition.

  • In 2015, the National Marrow Donor Program, the federally funded organization that facilitates most unrelated bone marrow transplants in the United States, released data that indicate Northside Hospital’s BMT Program has among the best survival rates in the country for related and unrelated bone marrow transplants.  This is the sixth consecutive year that Northside has come out on top.

  • The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires submission of data by each hospital in order to receive full payment for patients covered under the Medicare program. In 2009, the three Northside hospitals scored 100% in 14 of the 23 indicators placing the hospitals in the top 10% of hospitals in the nation. In the remaining indicators Northside scored in the high nineties.

  • HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) is a national, standardized survey of hospital patients about important aspects of their hospital experience.  In 2011, each of Northside’s hospitals raised its score on this indicator.

  • Northside Hospital-Cherokee is among the first hospitals in the nation to join the EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative to enhance maternity care practices and work toward achieving the Baby Friendly USA© designation.

For more information about patient safety and hospital quality standards, visit these sites:
The Joint Commission
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Georgia Hospital Association
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
National Committee for Quality Assurance
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
National Quality Forum
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

If you have a question about quality and patient safety at Northside Hospital, call (404) 303-3492.

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Northside Hospital – Atlanta
1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: 404-851-8000

Northside Hospital – Cherokee
201 Hospital Road
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: (770) 720-5100

Northside Hospital – Forsyth
1200 Northside Forsyth Drive
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone: (770) 844-3200

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