May 15, 2017:   An Adventist hospital is the only hospital in Georgia to get the Leapfrog Group’s highest patient safety rating for five years in a row.

Unassuming 69-bed Gordon Hospital has been given straight A’s for patient safety by the Leapfrog Group ever since the ratings debuted in 2012.

The Leapfrog Group’s rating system is a well-respected measurement of safety and quality within the healthcare industry.

Last year, Gordon Hospital also received top grades from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The hospital was given a five-star rating, the best score. This was the only five-star rating in the state.

The Georgia Health News service reported today that the hospital attributes its success to following best practice quality guidelines.

Garrett Nudd, a hospital spokesperson also pointed to the faith-based identity of the hospital as a reason for the strong quality scores.

“Our mission is to extend the healing mission of Christ,’’ Nudd told Georgia Health News.

He said that although employees are not required to be Christian, “you have to understand and believe in our mission.’’

About a third of Gordon Hospital’s patients have private insurance. Medicare insures 43 percent of patients, and Medicaid covers 14 percent. Approximately 10 percent of patients are uninsured.

Gordon Hospital’s parent organisation is Adventist Health System. The system runs 45 hospital campuses spread across nine states. It is affiliated with the Adventist Church.

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