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Accreditations, Awards and Recognitions

  • 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: Lung Cancer, Pneumonia, Joint Replacement - Hip, Joint Replacement - Knee, Pre-Term Labor, Acute Myocardial Infarction, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Advanced Primary Stroke Center
    Cherokee: Pneumonia, Joint Replacement - Hip, Joint Replacement - Knee, Acute Myocardial Infarction, Advanced Primary Stroke Center
    Forsyth: Pneumonia, Joint Replacement - Hip, Joint Replacement - Knee, Acute Myocardial Infarction, Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Advanced Certification in Heart Failure  

  • 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 Elite
    Cherokee: Heart Failure Award Gold Plus, Resuscitation Award Gold, Stroke Award Gold Plus, Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite
    Forsyth: Heart Failure Award Gold Plus, Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll, Resuscitation Award Silver, Resuscitation Award Bronze, Stroke Award Gold Plus, Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite

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

  • U.S. News & World Report named Northside a 2017-2018 High Performing Hospital for Lung Cancer Surgery. 

  • 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. 

  • All three Northside hospitals have been recognized with Five-Star Ratings from HealthGrades
    Atlanta: Received Five Stars for heart failure, pulmonary embolism, stroke, prostate removal surgery and spinal fusion
    Cherokee: Five Stars for spinal fusion
    Forsyth: Five Stars for hip replacement and Total Knee Replacement

  • HealthGrades recognized Northside Hospital Atlanta with the Outstanding Patient Experience Award (2017, 2016, 2015), Stroke Care Excellence Award (2018, 2017), Pulmonary Care Excellence Award (2015) Prostate Surgery Excellence Award (2015) and America's 100 Best Hospitals for Prostate Surgery Award (2018). Northside Hospital Forsyth received the Joint Replacement Excellence Award (2018) and Outstanding Patient Experience Award (2016).

  • For the eighth consecutive year (2009-16), the Northside Hospital Blood & Marrow Transplant Program achieved survival outcomes that significantly exceeded the expected range, as reported in the 2016 Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research and the National Marrow Donor Program data release. There were 173 adult and pediatric transplant centers included in the analysis. 

  • 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 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. 

  • 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 2016.

  • 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 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 is designated an Aetna Institutes of Quality® Bariatric Surgery Facility, a Cigna Certified Hospital for Bariatric Surgery and an Optum Bariatric Center of Excellence.

  • 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
    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.

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

450 Northside Cherokee Blvd.
Canton, GA 30115
(770) 224-1000

Northside Hospital - Forsyth

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

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