Best Hospitals ranking — Piedmont Fayette #9 in metro

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The U.S. News and World Report annual “Best Hospitals” ranking is out, with Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville ranking overall at No. 9 in metro Atlanta and No. 12 in the state.

Piedmont Fayette Hospital was not ranked nationally in any specialty, but it was listed as high-performing in three procedures/conditions, including colon cancer surgery, heart failure and knee replacement.

Though not used in the rankings, the report noted that Piedmont Fayette received three out of five stars for patient experience.

Meanwhile, Piedmont Fayette announced this week that it is loosening restrictions placed on visitors due to Covid-19 concerns. The local hospital will now allow one visitor per patient per day, a hospital spokesperson said. Previously during the pandemic, no visitors were allowed.

The top hospitals in metro Atlanta included:

Emory Hospital at No. 1 — ranked nationally in eight adult specialties and high-performing in three adult specialties and eight procedures/conditions.

Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital at No. 2 — ranked nationally in one adult specialty and high-performing in seven adult specialties and nine procedures/conditions.

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital at No. 3 — high performing in three adult specialties and 10 procedures/conditions.

Northside Hospital at No. 4 — ranked nationally in one adult specialty and high-performing in two adult specialties and six procedures/conditions.

Emory University Hospital Midtown at No. 5 — ranked nationally in one adult specialty and high-performing in one adult specialty and seven procedures/conditions.

WellStar Kennestone Hospital at No. 6 — high-performing in eight procedures/conditions.

Northside Hospital-Forsyth Hospital at No. 7 — high-performing in six procedures/conditions.

Gwinnett Medical Center at No. 8 — high-performing in three procedures/conditions.

According to U.S. News, to help patients decide where to receive care, U.S. News generates hospital rankings by evaluating data on nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult medical specialties, 10 adult procedures or conditions and 10 pediatric specialties. To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients. In most specialties, the top 50 hospitals are nationally ranked and additional hospitals may be recognized as high performing.