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Awards and Distinctions 
We won’t ask you to go by our claim alone for high quality care. North Fulton Hospital continuously receives accolades from awarding entities, some of which include:

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) Certification

North Fulton Hospital has met rigorous criteria to be fully accredited by the Joint Commission.


JCAHO Primary Stroke Center Certification

In addition to the accreditation listed above, the Joint Commission has also developed criteria to be designated a Primary Stroke Center.  This additional distinction means that our medical professionals and our facility are prepared to provide care for those experiencing a stroke.  Those providing this care undergo additional continuing education to ensure patients receive the level of care they deserve.


American Heart Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM Achievement Awards

o       Gold - Heart Failure

o       Gold - Coronary Artery Disease

o       Gold - Stroke Care

Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) is an evidence-based program for in-hospital quality improvement. It puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals, helping to ensure that the care they provide to coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure patients is aligned with the latest scientific guidelines. North Fulton Hospital is only the second hospital in Georgia to reach this award level (3 Golds) with the American Heart Association.


UnitedHealth Premium® Specialty Center designation for Surgical Spine

The UnitedHealth Premium surgical spine specialty centers are selected using evidenced-based criteria based from current literature or standards developed by national organizations such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and The Leapfrog Group.  Some criteria include:


o       A full range of surgical spine care must be delivered including: orthopaedic surgeons and/or neurosurgeons who specialize in    spine, and availability of intraoperative monitoring of spinal cord function. Physical therapy and occupational therapy services must be available seven days per week.

o       At least one surgeon who has completed a spine fellowship is required. Dedicated operating rooms and staff, and a consistent patient care unit for provision of postoperative care are required.

o       Full emergency services must be available including: emergency room, intensive care unit, and rapid response team.


Blue Cross/Blue Shield – Center of Excellence for Spine Surgery

The selection criteria for the Blue Distinction Center of excellence for Spine Surgery program was developed with input from expert physicians and medical organizations and include a comprehensive evaluation of structure, process, and outcome measures.  Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery demonstrate a commitment to quality care and offer comprehensive inpatient spinal surgical services (including discectomy, fusion, and decompression procedures).  To be selected for this prestigious status a facility must demonstrate  excellent performance with  prevention  of post operative infections,  use of evidenced based medical guidelines, post-op pain management, physician credentialing and training, and low rates of re-admission following surgery, to name just a few.


CIGNA Healthcare, distinctions for the care of

o       Heart attack

o       Heart failure

o       Adult pneumonia

o       Stroke

The CIGNA designations are based on the hospital’s effectiveness in treating the selected condition. The designations are based in part of a hospital’s CMS Hospital Compare measures, Leapfrog Patient Safety Measures, mortality, and complication rates.


 Partnership for Health and Accountability Quality and Patient Safety Award (Georgia Hospital Association)

The PHA Quality and Patient Safety Award recognizes health care organizations for achievement in implementing evidence-based processes and best practices in reducing the risk of adverse outcomes and improving patient safety and quality.


LifeLink of Georgia Silver Award for Organ Donation

In order to increase the rate of donation, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, developed best practice criteria to recognize hospitals for their commitment to organ donation.  HRSA has given the organ donation medal of honor for the last five years to facilities who meet the criteria.  North Fulton Regional Hospital obtained the Silver Award for the following:

o       Of all patients eligible to donate, 75% or more became donors

o       On average, the hospital supplied 3.75 organs per donor

North Fulton Hospital is 1 of only 11 hospitals in the state of Georgia to receive an award from Life Link and 1 of only 3 hospitals in the state to receive the silver level award.


American Academy of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certification

AACVPR certification assures that a Cardiac Rehabilitation program meets the essential standards of care.  Criteria for certification focus on staff education, patient education, equipment, policies and procedures, and more.


American Association for Respiratory Care Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

The purpose of this program is to help consumers make choices about their healthcare by recognizing hospitals that promote patient safety by providing access to respiratory therapists to deliver their care. The requirements for participating in the program are:

o       All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital to deliver bedside respiratory care services are either legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the CRT or RRT credential.

o       Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours.

o       Other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and the amount of supervision required for personnel to carry out specific procedures must be designated in writing.

o       Hospital policy prohibits the routine delivery of medicated aerosol treatments utilizing small volume nebulizers, metered dose inhalers, or intermittent positive pressure treatments to multiple patients simultaneously. Circumstances under which this practice is permitted is defined by policy.

o       A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.


Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 5 Million Lives Campaign participant and partner

North Fulton Hospital proudly participates in the 5 Million Lives Campaign, a national effort to reduce preventable deaths in US hospitals.  Some of its initiatives include:

  • Deploy Rapid Response Teams…at the first sign of patient decline
  • Deliver Reliable, Evidence-Based Care for Acute Myocardial Infarction…to prevent deaths from heart attack 
  • Prevent Adverse Drug Events (ADEs)…by implementing medication reconciliation
  • Prevent Central Line Infections…by implementing a series of interdependent, scientifically grounded steps
  • Prevent Surgical Site Infections…by reliably delivering the correct perioperative antibiotics at the proper time
  • Prevent Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia…by implementing a series of interdependent, scientifically grounded steps
  • Prevent Harm from High-Alert Medications... starting with a focus on anticoagulants, sedatives, narcotics, and insulin
  • Reduce Surgical Complications... by reliably implementing all of the changes in care recommended by SCIP, the Surgical Care Improvement Project (www.medqic.org/scip)
  • Prevent Pressure Ulcers... by reliably using science-based guidelines for their prevention
  • Reduce Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection…by reliably implementing scientifically proven infection control practices
  • Deliver Reliable, Evidence-Based Care for Congestive Heart Failure... to avoid readmissions
  • Get Boards on Board … by defining and spreading the best-known leveraged processes for hospital Boards of Directors, so that they can become far more effective in accelerating organizational progress toward safe care
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