West Georgia Medical Center named top hospital in state

Contributed report

December 12, 2013

West Georgia Medical Center recently was named by Georgia Trend Magazine the number one large hospital in the state.

This is the first time the local health care provider has been named to the top spot in the magazine’s annual report. The 2012 rankings placed the medical center in the third spot behind Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta and the Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville.

“We don’t seek out awards — that’s not part of our culture,” said West Georgia Health President and CEO Jerry Fulks. “So when you get recognized by an independent third party that has done the work to identify you, that’s just so gratifying.”

The rankings are determined by grouping together hospitals of similar size and mission then comparing them together with information publicly available through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at

The large Hospital category denoted a medical center having more than 400 beds.

The magazine published its list of the state’s top hospitals in its December issue, including small- and medium-sized hospitals, as well as teaching and critical access hospitals.

West Georgia Health also recently was recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditation group for health care organizations in America.

The organization was one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

Fulks said the health care provider receiving an award is a wonderful achievement, but it’s the staff and employees of West Georgia Health that deserve all the recognition.

“When I look at the employees of this organization, you say to yourself ‘How did we accomplish this,’ and the answer is every individual that works at this hospital comes to work every day wanting to do a good job,” he said. “When it all comes together, that’s what you get.”