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Accreditations, Awards and Recognitions 

Accreditations, Awards and Recognitions

Northside was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in 2023 by workplace culture and compensation monitoring site Comparably. The hospital ranked among all Top Large employers (more than 500 employees) across the U.S. in 10 categories, including Best Company Growth, Best Company for Women, Best Company for Diversity, Best CEOs for Women and Best HR Teams.

Northside Hospital ranks as the No. 4 employer in Georgia, according to the 2023 Forbes survey of  America’s Best Employers By State, and is the top Georgia hospital ranked.

Northside hospitals were included on the Becker’s Hospital Review list of 2023 Great Community Hospitals. The honor — one of only two given to a hospital in Georgia — covers all five locations in the Northside system. 

Northside hospitals have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for health care quality, receiving select Disease-Specific Care Certifications, including:

  • Atlanta: Acute Myocardial Infarction, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Joint Replacement - Hip, Joint Replacement - Knee, Lung Cancer, Pneumonia, Advanced Primary Stroke Center
  • Cherokee: Acute Myocardial Infarction, Joint Replacement - Hip, Joint Replacement - Knee, Pneumonia, Advanced Primary Stroke Center
  • Duluth: Advanced Primary Stroke Center
  • Forsyth: Acute Myocardial Infarction, Advanced Certification in Heart Failure, Joint Replacement - Hip, Joint Replacement - Knee, Pneumonia, Advanced Primary Stroke Center
  • Gwinnett: Comprehensive Cardiac Center, Joint Replacement - Hip, Joint Replacement - Knee, Pneumonia, Advanced Primary Stroke Center

All hospitals have received quality achievement awards from the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines®, including:

  • Atlanta: Heart Failure Gold Plus with Honor Roll, Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll, Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll, Resuscitation Silver
  • Cherokee: Heart Failure Gold Plus with Honor Roll, Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll, Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll, Resuscitation Gold
  • Duluth: Heart Failure Silver, Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll, Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll
  • Forsyth: Heart Failure Gold Plus with Honor Roll, Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll, Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll
  • Gwinnett: Heart Failure Gold Plus with Honor Roll, Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll, Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll, 10-Year Recognition

All hospitals also achieved American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® quality achievement awards for commitment and success in implementing exceptional standards of care for heart attack patients. 

  • Atlanta: STEMI: Gold Receiving, NSTEMI: Gold
  • Cherokee: STEMI: Gold Plus Receiving, NSTEMI: Gold
  • Forsyth: STEMI: Gold Receiving, NSTEMI: Gold
  • Gwinnett: STEMI: Gold Plus Receiving, NSTEMI: Gold

Northside Hospital Atlanta is the first in the country to receive Maternal Levels of Care (MLC) Verification from The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). Northside also is the first in Georgia to receive a Level IV Maternal Center Designation from DPH. Northside Hospital Cherokee is a Level III maternal-care-verified facility.

U.S. News & World Report rated Northside high performing in 2023-24 across multiple specialties, procedures and conditions:

  • Atlanta: Cancer; Urology; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); Colon cancer surgery; Diabetes; Heart attack; Heart failure; Hip fracture; Hip replacement; Kidney failure; Knee replacement; Leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma; Lung cancer surgery, Ovarian cancer surgery, Pneumonia, Prostate cancer surgery and Uterine cancer surgery
  • Cherokee: Back surgery (spinal fusion); Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD;, Heart attack; Heart failure; Hip replacement; Kidney failure; Knee replacement; Leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma; Pneumonia, Prostate cancer surgery and Stroke
  • Forsyth: Back surgery (spinal fusion); Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); Diabetes; Heart attack; Heart failure; Hip replacement; Kidney failure; Knee replacement; Lung cancer surgery; Pneumonia and Stroke
  • Gwinnett: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); Colon cancer surgery; Diabetes; Heart attack; Heart failure; Hip replacement; Kidney failure; Knee replacement; Pneumonia and Stroke

In 2022, the Cardio-Oncology Program at Northside Hospital received gold standard Centers of Excellence Certification from the International Cardio-Oncology Society.

The Northside Duluth ICU/IMCU received the Beacon Award for Excellence® gold designation, and the Northside Gwinnett Surgical-Trauma ICU received the silver designation, from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Northside Gwinnett is verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and the Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of EMS and Trauma.

All five Northside hospitals are designated by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of EMS and Trauma as Primary Stroke Centers and Emergency Cardiac Care Centers. Northside Gwinnett is designated as a Level I Emergency Cardiac Care Center; Northside Atlanta, Northside Cherokee and Northside Forsyth are Level II Centers; and Northside Duluth is designated as a Level III Center.

The bariatric surgery programs at Northside Atlanta, Northside Cherokee, Northside Duluth and Northside Forsyth are accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

Northside hospitals have been recognized by HealthGrades with multiple awards for superior quality care and performance:

  • Atlanta: Outstanding Patient Experience Award (2021), Coronary Intervention Excellence Award (2023), Outpatient Joint Replacement Excellence Award (2023)
  • Cherokee: Outstanding Patient Experience Award (2023, 2022, 2021), Pulmonary Care Excellence Award (2024), Stroke Care Excellence Award (2024), Outpatient Joint Replacement Excellence Award (2023)
  • Duluth: Pulmonary Care Excellence Award (2024)
  • Forsyth: Outstanding Patient Experience Award (2023, 2022, 2021), America's 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award (2024, 2023, 2022, 2021), America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award (2023), Outpatient Joint Replacement Excellence Award (2023), Surgical Care Excellence Award (2023, 2022)
  • Gwinnett/Duluth: Pulmonary Care Excellence Award (2024, 2022), Stroke Care Excellence Award (2022)

For the 15th consecutive year (2009-2023), The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Northside Hospital Cancer Institute was recognized as having among the best survival outcomes in the United States for bone marrow transplants, per data reported by the Centers for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research in their Final 2023 Transplant Center Survival Report.

The National Pancreas Foundation recognized Northside as a Clinical Center of Excellence for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. 

Northside Hospital Cherokee earned the 2023 Mended Hearts Hospital of the Year award for the Southern Region.

In 2022, the Georgia Hospital Association Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) presented its prestigious Patient Safety and Quality Award to Northside Hospital for its implementation of a tele-mental health program during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hospital was also presented with a Circle of Excellence Award for earning three or more PHA Patient Safety Awards within the previous five years. 

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 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 Centers is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is accredited as an Integrated Network Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Northside hospitals in Atlanta, Cherokee and Forsyth have received NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health system Elders) designation, demonstrating our commitment and continued progress in improving quality, and enhancing the patient and family experience.

Northside Atlanta is the only Georgia provider recognized as a Pulmonary Hypertension Care Center by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, for the hospital’s special expertise in evaluating and treating patients with hypertension.

Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Northside Atlanta, Northside Cherokee and Northside Forsyth and Pulmonary Rehab at Northside Gwinnett have achieved American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program certification.

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

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:

All Northside hospitals have received accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for providing quality patient care in multiple modalities, including Echocardiography, Vascular Testing, Vein Treatment and Nuclear Cardiology.