Awards and Honors

Awards and Honors

We’re Soaring to New Heights

As the premier provider of comprehensive health services in the West Georgia and East Alabama regions, WellStar West Georgia Medical Center has been honored for its achievements in many areas of patient care.

Truven Health Analytics™

For the past two years, West Georgia Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™, a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. WGMC was named to the list in both 2016 and 2017.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard measuring overall organizational performance across 11 key analytic measures including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability. To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated close to 3,000 short-term, acute-care, nonfederal hospitals. 100 Top Hospitals researchers use risk-adjusted methodologies to analyze public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the CMS Hospital Compare reports.

Georgia Trend magazine's 'No. 1 Large Hospital'

Georgia Trend magazine has named WellStar West Georgia Medical Center the "No. 1 Large Hospital" in the state for 2017. It's the fourth time in five years that WellStar WGMC has received the honor from Georgia Trend, which also named us the "No. 1 Large Hospital" in Georgia in 2016, 2015 and 2013. The rankings are determined by grouping together hospitals of similar size and mission and then by comparing data from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which provides publicly available information ( on more than 40 quality-related indicators, including patient experience, outcomes of care, process of care, and efficiency and value of the services rendered.

Becker's Hospital Review

Becker’s Hospital Review, one of the nation’s most prestigious healthcare publications, named WellStar West Georgia Medical Center to its 2016 and its 2017 national list of “100 Great Community Hospitals.” WGMC was one of only three community hospitals in Georgia to receive this honor in both 2016 and 2017.

Becker’s has published a version of the list annually since 2011. This is the sixth year the list has included 100 hospitals. For the purposes of the list, Becker’s defines a “community hospital” as one with fewer than 550 beds without large teaching programs.

The Becker’s editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on rankings and awards from organizations including iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, CareChex, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Leapfrog Group. Included organizations have earned recognition from one or more of these organizations.

HealthCare's Most Wired®

The American Hospital Association's Health Forum named West Georgia Medical Center to the list of the 2017 Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems. The "Most Wired" designation is a result in part from WGMC's having an Electronic Health Record system that is integrated with patient monitoring devices and a medical information technology software program from Intelligent Medical Objects, a developer of medical terminology solutions. This collaboration provides seamless mapping of clinician-friendly diagnosis and procedure terminologies to billing codes and medical concepts. WGMC’s Information Services department also earned the 2017 “Most Wired” designation for building electronic orders for providers, DrFirst for e-prescribing, and a patient portal accessible from outside the hospital.

Survey results also placed WGMC in 2016 on the "Most Wired's Most Improved" list for the advances it has made in leveraging technology that assists clinicians in providing the best possible patient care. The designation is a result of strides made in electronic connectivity and documentation, including the use of electronic health records, e-prescribing, electronic order sets and discharge routines. 


The CareChex® rating service ranked WellStar West Georgia Medical Center #2 of 114 Georgia hospitals and #70 of 3,931 U.S. hospitals for Medical Excellence in Overall Hospital Care for 2017.  

In addition, WellStar WGMC ranked #2 of 114 Georgia hospitals and #103 of 3,817 U.S. hospitals for Medical Excellence in Overall Medical Care, as well as #4 of 94 Georgia hospitals and #133 of 3,311 U.S. hospitals for Overall Surgical Care.

The 2017 CareChex Medical Excellence Awards rank WGMC in the top 10 Georgia hospitals offering the following service lines:

Cardiac Care – #6 of 126 hospitals
Gastrointestinal Care – #5 of 121 hospitals
Heart Attack Treatment – #2 of 93 hospitals
Heart Failure – #7 of 124 hospitals
Orthopedic Care – #4 of 94 hospitals
Pulmonary Care – #9 of 127 hospitals
Women’s Health – #5 of 80 hospitals;

For the 2016 CareChex Medical Excellence Awards, West Georgia Medical Center ranked:

► #45 of 3,917 U.S. hospitals and #2 of 113 Georgia hospitals for Overall Hospital Care
► #66 of 3,811 U.S. hospitals and #3 of 113 Georgia hospitals for Overall Medical Care
► #47 of 3,331 U.S. hospitals and #3 of 97 Georgia hospitals for Overall Surgical Care
► #90 of 1,414 U.S. hospitals and #3 of 39 Georgia hospitals for Bariatric Surgery
► #16 of 4,273 U.S. hospitals and #2 of 125 Georgia hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care
► #73 of 4,204 U.S. hospitals and #3 of 120 Georgia hospitals for Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage
► #58 of 3,180 U.S. hospitals and #3 of 94 Georgia hospitals for General Surgery
► #59 of 2,314 U.S. hospitals and #2 of 67 Georgia hospitals for Major Bowel Procedures

For the 2016 CareChex Patient Safety Awards, WGMC ranked:

► #46 of all U.S. hospitals and #2 of all Georgia hospitals for Overall Hospital Care
► #63 of all U.S. hospitals and #4 of all Georgia hospitals for Overall Surgical Care
► #51 of all U.S. hospitals and #3 of all Georgia hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care
► #72 of all U.S. hospitals and #4 of all Georgia hospitals for General Surgery

In addition, WGMC ranked among the top 10 percent of all U.S., Southern Region and Georgia hospitals for Medical Excellence in these clinical categories:

  • Cardiac Care
  • Gall Bladder Removal
  • Orthopedic Care
  • Pulmonary Care
  • Women's Health

In addition, WGMC ranked in the top 10 percent of all U.S., Southeastern region and Georgia hospitals for Patient Safety in these clinical categories:

  • Cardiac Care
  • Major Bowel Procedures
  • Pulmonary Care

Studer Group**

2012 Award for Excellence in Patient Care for Outpatient Services at the WGMC Women’s Health Center

  • One of four healthcare organizations nationwide to achieve award.
  • Patient Satisfaction Score in the 99th percentile.
  • August 2012 Studer Group’s Health Care Organization of the Month

The Joint Commission

West Georgia Health was named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

QUEST: High Performing Hospitals, a quality collaborative within the Premier healthcare alliance

  • One of three hospitals nationwide in 2015 to receive the QUEST Award for high-value healthcare.
  • Finalist in the 2013 QUEST Award for high-value healthcare.
  • Named a Top Performer for the fifth year in a row in the QUEST high performing hospitals collaborative for:
  • Reducing mortality by at least 31 percent.
  • Reducing the average cost of care to less than $5,690 per discharge.
  • Reliably delivering all evidence-based care measures to patients in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care at least 95 percent of the time.
  • Reducing preventable harm events.

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

West Georgia Medical Center has achieved the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award recognizes West Georgia Health’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

Alliant GMCF, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Georgia

Twin Fountains Home, one of West Georgia Medical Center’s skilled nursing facilities, has achieved the Alliant GMCF Georgia Quality Award for improving the quality of health care for Georgians. Twin Fountains is one of only 20 nursing facilities in Georgia to receive this honor, which was based on quality care assessments combined with resident satisfaction scores. Twin Fountains Home scored higher than average.

Other Honors:

  • Ranked in 2013, 2015 and 2016 as the No. 1 large hospital in Georgia by GeorgiaTrend Magazine, based on publicly available data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Among first 9 percent of U.S. hospitals to achieve HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 EMR Adoption.
  • West Georgia Hospice named among the top 100 of 1,200 U.S. Hospice programs in 2013.
  • Achieved designation as an Accredited Bariatric Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
  • Achieved Stage 1 Meaningful use, totaling mandates of $2.4 million to West Georgia Health, through the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Twin Fountains 2012 Georgia Health Care Association Quality Award Achieved 4-star rating on CMS Nursing Home Compare
  • Earned the Partnership for Patients Award through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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*These rankings are based on independent research conducted by CareChex®, a division of Comparion®. Comparion determines these rankings via its National Quality Rating Database which includes virtually all general, acute, non-federal U.S. hospitals and incorporates the most recent three years of federal fiscal year data. To learn more, visit

**The Studer Group is an outcomes-based healthcare performance improvement firm that has worked with more than 800 hospitals nationwide.