Northside Hospital - Accreditations, Awards and Recognitions

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Accreditations, Awards and Recognitions

  • Northside was honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2019. Northside Hospital ranked No. 52 out of 100 large employers in the United States and is the only Georgia hospital to make the list.

  • Northside was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in 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 Company Culture (#26), Best Companies for Women (#27) and Best Outlook (#17).

  • 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 Plus, Stroke Award Gold Plus, Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite
    • Forsyth: Heart Failure Award Gold Plus, Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll, Resuscitation Award Plus, 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 2018-2019 High Performing Hospital in six categories:

    • Atlanta: lung cancer surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.
    • Forsyth: heart failure and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, as well as for COPD, hip replacement, knee replacement

  • 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. 

  • HealthGrades recognized Northside Hospital Atlanta with the Outstanding Patient Experience Award (2019, 2018, 2017), America's 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery Award (2019), Stroke Care Excellence Award (2019, 2018, 2017) and America's 100 Best Hospitals for Prostate Surgery Award (2019, 2018). Northside Hospital Cherokee received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award (2019, 2018). Northside Hospital Forsyth received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award (2019, 2018), America's 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award (2019) and the Joint Replacement Excellence Award (2018).

  • For the 10th consecutive year (2009-18), 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 Be The Match®, which manages the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world.

  • 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

  • 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 2019, Northside in Atlanta received the Georgia Hospital Association's Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality and Patient Safety Award.

  • Northside’s Atlanta campus was the first in Georgia to receive national accreditation 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.

  • 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:

  • 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.

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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 Duluth

3620 Howell Ferry Road
Duluth, GA 30096
(678) 312-6800

Northside Hospital Forsyth

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

Northside Hospital Gwinnett

1000 Medical Center Blvd.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
(678) 312-1000

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