Accreditations / Certifications - Awards / Recognitions

Accreditations and Certifications

  • All three Northside Hospitals have received the Gold Seal of Approval™ accreditation from The Joint Commission.  The hospital’s Behavioral Health and Home Care services also have received the Gold Seal of Approval.

  • Each of Northside’s hospitals also has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality, receiving select Disease-Specific Care Certifications.

    • All three hospitals have earned certification for Pneumonia and remain the only hospitals in Georgia to do so.

    • Northside Hospital-Atlanta and Northside Hospital-Forsyth have achieved certifications in Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement.

    • Northside Hospital-Atlanta also has received certification in Pre-Term Labor.

  • All three Northside Hospitals have been awarded certifications as Advanced Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission.

  • The Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care, one of the most prestigious professional organizations focused on cardiovascular care, granted all three hospitals accreditations as Chest Pain Centers.

  • The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is the only Atlanta hospital chosen by the National Cancer Institute to participate in the organization's national network of community cancer centers (NCCCP).

  • 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 Program at Northside Hospital-Atlanta was granted full approval by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

  • 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 is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program, administered by the American College of Surgeons, which recognizes centers from around the country that have achieved the highest quality breast care programs.

  • Northside also is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The highest level of accreditation that can be attained by a breast imaging center, this status recognizes centers that have earned accreditation in all of the College’s voluntary, breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program. Northside has additional ACR accreditations in Breast Ultrasound, CT, Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, PET, Stereotactic and Ultrasound.

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

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

  • All three of Northside’s Sleep Disorders Center are accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

  • 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.

  • 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 

Awards and Recognitions

  • 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 2013, Northside also was name the preferred hospital in the following specialties, according to NRC:
    – Inpatient Stay
    – Imaging
    – Maternity/OB
    – Outpatient Surgery
    – Women’s/GYN
    – Most Personalized Care
    – Best Nurses
    – Best Accommodations/Amenities
    – Hospital Advertising Recall

  • Northside Hospital-Atlanta has been recognized four consecutive times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) by J.D. Power and Associates for providing “An Outstanding Maternity Experience.”  Northside is the only hospital in Georgia to receive this award.

  • Northside Hospital-Forsyth was awarded a Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2011 from the HealthGrades organization.  The hospital also received Quality Awards for excellence in Gastrointestinal Care (2011) and Stroke Care (2012).

  • Northside Hospital-Atlanta earned a HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2011 and was previously recognized for excellence in Patient Safety (2009).  The hospital also received Quality Awards for excellence in Prostatectomy and Spine Surgery in 2012.

  • For six years, all three Northside hospitals have scored in top tier of Georgia hospitals on the Georgia Hospital Association’s Honor Roll.

  • Northside Hospital-Atlanta, Northside hospital-Cherokee and Northside Hospital-Forsyth are among the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ by The Joint Commission (TJC).  The hospitals were recognized by TJC for exemplary performance and achievement in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

  • In 2014, Northside Hospital-Atlanta and Northside Hospital-Forsyth received the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award. They both also received the Bronze Quality Achievement Award for stroke care.

  • Northside Hospital-Atlanta, Northside Hospital-Cherokee and Northside Hospital-Forsyth each have 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. 

  • 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.

  • In 2014, 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 fifth 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.

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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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