Cartersville Medical Center named to Top Small Hospitals list
by Marie Nesmith
Dec 05, 2012 | 2457 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In its December issue, Georgia Trend ranked Cartersville Medical Center fifth on the state’s Top Small Hospitals list. Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas was first, followed by Fannin Regional Hospital, Northside Hospital Forsyth and Tanner Medical Center Villa Rica.

“We’re so pleased to be recognized by Georgia Trend as a 2012 Top Georgia Hospital,” said Lori Rakes, chief operating officer for the Cartersville Medical Center. “This acknowledgement encompasses achievements in multiple areas impacting the patient’s care, including patient satisfaction and numerous positive clinical outcomes. Cartersville Medical Center is proud to offer high quality, compassionate care to all we serve and this award serves to highlight the relentless pursuit of excellence by our staff, medical staff and volunteers.”

The magazine’s “Top Georgia Hospitals 2012” feature also listed the following facilities as first in their category — Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Top Teaching Hospitals; Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Top Large Hospitals; Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, Top Medium-sized Hospitals; and Higgins General Hospital in Bremen, Top Critical Access Hospitals.

According to the article, “Georgia Trend’s 2012 Top Georgia Hospitals listings include 72 different facilities throughout the state, divided into five separate categories: Eight Teaching Hospitals, Eight Large Hospitals (more than 400 beds); 20 Medium-sized Hospitals (151-399 beds); 20 Small Hospitals (fewer than 150 beds), and 16 Critical Access Hospitals (rural community hospitals).

“To determine the rankings, we chose to group hospitals of similar size and mission together and compare them with their peer institutions. All information used to compile the rankings relies on publicly available information on quality of care, patient satisfaction, mortality and readmission statistics and data on hospital-acquired infections and conditions. The information comes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). It is available at”

Along with being honored by Georgia Trend, Cartersville Medical Center also received an “A” Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit comprised of large purchasers and employers of health benefits.

According to a CMC news release, “The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections.

“The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.”

To compare CMC’s scores with other hospitals across the state and country, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at

“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” stated Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group in the release. “I congratulate Cartersville Medical Center for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”