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Accreditations, Awards and Recognitions 

Accreditations, Awards and Recognitions

Northside was honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2020 and 2019, and was the only Georgia hospital to make the list.

Northside was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018 by workplace culture and compensation monitoring site Comparably. The hospital ranked among all Top Large employers (more than 500 employees) across the U.S. for Best Places to Work in Atlanta, Best Company Work-Life Balance, Best Career Growth, Best Company Outlook, and additional categories.

Northside hospitals have earned The Joint Commission’s (TJC) Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality, receiving select Disease-Specific Care Certifications.

  • Atlanta: Acute Myocardial Infarction, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Joint Replacement - Hip, Joint Replacement - Knee, Lung Cancer, Pneumonia, Pre-Term Labor, Advanced Primary Stroke Center
  • Cherokee: Pneumonia, Acute Myocardial Infarction, Joint Replacement - Hip, Joint Replacement - Knee, Advanced Primary Stroke Center
  • Forsyth: Pneumonia, Acute Myocardial Infarction, Joint Replacement - Hip, Joint Replacement - Knee, Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Advanced Certification in Heart Failure
  • Gwinnett/Duluth: Joint Replacement - Hip, Joint Replacement - Knee, Chest Pain, 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 Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
  • Cherokee: Heart Failure Gold Plus with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll, Rususcitation Gold
  • Forsyth: Heart Failure Gold Plus with Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
  • Gwinnett/Duluth: Heart Failure Gold Plus with Honor Roll

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

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

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

  • Atlanta: Gynecology (ranked #30 nationally), Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, Back surgery (spinal fusion), Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Colon cancer surgery, Diabetes, Heart attack, Heart failure, Hip fracture, Hip replacement, Kidney failure, Knee replacement, Lung cancer surgery, Pneumonia, and Stroke
  • Cherokee: Back surgery (spinal fusion), Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Heart failure, Hip fracture, Knee replacement, Pneumonia, and Stroke
  • Forsyth: Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, Back surgery (spinal fusion), Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Heart failure, Hip replacement, Kidney failure, Knee replacement, and Pneumonia
  • Gwinnett: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Colon cancer surgery, Diabetes, Heart attack, Heart failure, Hip replacement, Kidney failure, Knee replacement, Lung cancer surgery, and Stroke

Northside Atlanta and Northside Forsyth are among only six hospitals in Georgia to receive 5-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in its annual 2021 hospital rankings.

Both Northside Gwinnett and Northside Duluth have received the Beacon Award for Excellence® from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

The bariatric surgery programs at Northside Atlanta, 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, 2019, 2018), Coronary Intervention Excellence Award (2021), America's 100 Best Hospitals for Prostate Surgery Award (2020, 2019), Stroke Care Excellence Award (2020, 2019), America's 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery Award (2019)
  • Cherokee: Outstanding Patient Experience Award (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Forsyth: Outstanding Patient Experience Award (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018), America's 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award (2021, 2020, 2019)
  • Gwinnett/Duluth: Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award (2021), Pulmonary Care Excellence Award (2021, 2020), Stroke Care Excellence Award (2021)

For the 12th consecutive year (2009-2020), The Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) 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 (CIBMTR) in their Final 2020 Transplant Center Survival Report.

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 Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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 2019. The Institute also received the organization's Outstanding Achievement Award for six consecutive surveys (the only program to do so) until the award was discontinued in 2019.

Northside hospitals in Atlanta, Cherokee and Forsyth 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.

Northside’s Atlanta campus is recognized as a Pulmonary Hypertension Care Center (PHCC) by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, recognizing the hospital’s special expertise in evaluating and treating patients with the disease.

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

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), the nation's leading GI medical society, recognized Northside's GI Endoscopy Units 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

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 by the  Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for providing quality patient care in multiple modalities, including Echocardiography, Vascular Testing, Vein Treatment and Nuclear Cardiology.