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Awards and Recognition

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Awards and Recognition

Awards and recognitions show that a hospital has gone above and beyond the acceptable in order to provide the exceptional. As a national pioneer of patient- and family-centered care, Augusta University Health has always been at the forefront of healthcare reform. Our accomplishments are a testament to our continued dedication to patients.

Awards and Recognition

Awards and recognitions show that a hospital has gone above and beyond the acceptable in order to provide the exceptional. As a national pioneer of patient- and family-centered care, Augusta University Health has always been at the forefront of healthcare reform. Our accomplishments are a testament to our continued dedication to patients.

2021 'U.S. News and World Report' - Top Hospital Recognition
As reported in the 30th annual "Best Hospitals Rankings" from U.S. News and World Report, AU Medical Center was ranked as a high-performing hospital in 4 conditions:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Stroke

Badge showing AUMC is an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center


Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center

AU Medical Center has been awarded a collaborative certification by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA).

The Gold Seal of Approval® in health care means that our center provides the next generation of stroke care and has met and seeks to maintain The Joint Commission’s high standards in providing stroke care.


Get With The Guidelines® Quality Achievement Awards

Get With The Guidelines® puts the unparalleled expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association® to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. AU Medical Center has received the following:

Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus icon

2022 Get With The Guidelines
Heart Failure: Gold Plus
Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll
Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

Get With The Guidelines Stoke Target: Stroke Honor Roll - Elite Plus: Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

2021 Get With The Guidelines®
Stroke: Gold Plus
Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll
Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

Get With the Guidelines AFib Gold

2021 Get With The Guidelines®
Atrial Fibrillation: Gold


Blue Distinction Specialty Care designations by Blue Cross Blue Shield

Blue Distinction Center and Blue Distinction Center+ designations are given to healthcare facilities and providers recognized for their expertise in delivering specialty care. AU Health is proud to have achieved:

Blue Distinction Center
Quality care, treatment expertise and better overall patient results. 

Blue Distinction Center+
More affordable care in addition to quality care, treatment expertise and better overall patient results.


Accreditations and Certifications

Breast Health

AU Health's commitment to breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention has made us the go-to destination for all your breast health concerns:

  • AUMC is a certified Breast Imaging Center of ExcellenceThe Augusta University Breast Health Center is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by The American College of Radiology (ACR)  accrediting AU Medical Center in all radiography modalities - mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and stereotactic breast biopsy.
  • The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) from the American College of Surgeons has recognized AU Medical Center and Georgia Cancer Center for their dedication to quality care for patients with diseases of the breast.

Bariatrics and Weight Care

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) offer a joint program- Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality (MBSAQIP ) - that recognizes Augusta University Center for Obesity and Metabolism as a center that goes through a rigorous review process to show that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice in bariatric care.

Cancer Care

Georgia Cancer Center has earned national accreditation from the Commission on Cancer for meeting 34 quality care standards set by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  

CEO Cancer Gold Standard: We have received reaccreditation for maintaining a strong commitment to the health of our employees through risk reduction, early detection and quality care. We do this by taking measures in prevention, screening, clinical trial access, treatment and survivorship, and health education and promotion for employees. AU Medical Center has been a Gold Standard healthy employer since 2014.

Healthcare Equality

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the nation’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights, names Augusta University Health as a Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) 'Top Performer'.

Heart and Cardiovascular

American College of Cardiology (ACC) has accredited the Augusta University Cardiovascular Center as meeting all requirements needed to demonstrate expertise and commitment in treating patients. Our accreditations are for:

  • Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Cath Lab with PCI
  • Chest Pain Center - Primary PCI with Resuscitation

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) has accredited us in all three echocardiography components:

  • Adult transthoracic echocardiography
  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Stress echocardiography

The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) program certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual facilities for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies.

  • Cardiac rehabilitation

DNV credentialed VAD badge

US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has recognized AU Health as aDNV Credentialed VAD Program, having met all requirements for quality and patient safety.

  • Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) 

Imaging

AU Medical Center has achieved accreditation in all radiography modalities by the ACR (American College of Radiology)

  • CT ( computerized tomography) – abdomen, cardiac, chest, head/neck.
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) - Body, cardiac, head, MRA, MSK, spine.
  • PET (positron emission tomography)

Neurology

  • Multiple Sclerosis: Accredited by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care.
  • Epilepsy: We are an accredited level 4 adult/pediatric Comprehensive Epilepsy Center by the NAEC (National Association of Epilepsy Centers).
  • ALS: The ALS Association (ALSA) recognizes our ALS Center as a Center of Excellence, confirming that it meets the highest levels of established national standards of care in the management of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
  • Parkinson’s: The Movement Disorders Clinic at AU Medical Center earned a five-year extension as a National Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, a designation held since 2002, when it became the first hospital in Georgia to earn this.

Obstetrics

AU Medical Center has the region’s only certified 24/7 Obstetrics Emergency Department (OBED) within its Labor and Delivery unit.

Pediatrics

  • Supporters of “Image Gently” by the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric CT Imaging.
  • CHOG receives ELSO Award for Pediatric ECMOECMO: Children's hospital of Georgia is a ECMO Center of Excellence and has receive the ELSO Award, recognized by 'U.S. News and World Report' and Parents magazine as criteria for top pediatric hospitals. CHOG has high ECMO survival rates, according to data published by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, an international non-profit health care consortium that sets the standards for ECMO and other therapies that support failing organ systems.

Trauma

American College of Surgeons recognizes AUMC and CHOG as a verified Adult level 1 and Pediatric Level 2 Trauma Center.

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