Accreditations, 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. 

  • 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 

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

  • 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 Gold 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 Gold Plus, Target: Stroke Honor Roll

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

  • 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.

  • For six consecutive years (2009-2014), the National Marrow Donor Program, the federally funded organization that facilitates most unrelated bone marrow transplants in the United States, has 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.

  • 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 Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

  • 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. 

  • Both Northside Hospital in Atlanta and Northside Hospital-Forsyth 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.

  • All three Northside hospitals have received NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designation, demonstrating our commitment and continued progress in improving quality, enhancing the patient and family experience.

  • In 2015, Northside in Atlanta received the Georgia Hospital Association's Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality and Patient Safety Award. 

  • Northside’s Diabetes Education Program (Atlanta, Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming) 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.

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

  • Northside Hospital in Atlanta was designated an Aetna Institutes of Quality® Bariatric Surgery Facility.

  • 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:
    National Marrow Donor Program
    Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy
    Advancing Transfusion and Cellular Therapies Worldwide
    MDS Center of Excellence - The Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation, Inc.
    Food and Drug Administration
    OptumHealth Care Solutions

  • All three hospitals have received accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for providing quality patient care in Nuclear Cardiology. Northside Hospital-Forsyth also received IAC accreditation in Echocardiography. Northside Hospital in Atlanta received additional accreditations in Echocardiography and Vascular Testing.

  • 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.


Northside Hospital - Atlanta

1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 851-8000

Northside Hospital - Cherokee

201 Hospital Road
Canton, GA 30114
(770) 720-5100

Northside Hospital - Forsyth

1200 Northside Forsyth Drive
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 844-3200

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