New report ranks Piedmont Fayette among Georgia’s top hospitals

Results from a new report that assess the quality, value, and civic leadership in Georgia hospitals recently ranked Piedmont Fayette Hospital in its top 10 list of all Georgia hospitals. 

The results of the report, called The Lown Hospital Institute Index, allow people to compare hospitals based on location, hospital type and metric or ranking. Piedmont Fayette landed the number 6 spot on the Institute’s list of Georgia hospitals. 

“We are very proud to be recognized as a top 10 hospital in Georgia by the Lown Institute,” said Steve Porter, CEO of Piedmont Fayette. “This recognition demonstrates our commitment to providing high-quality, patient-centered care and the safety and well-being of our community.” 

The Lown Institute, a Brookline, Mass.-based nonpartisan think tank, used new measures for its Lown Institute Hospitals Index to help hospitals better serve and support their communities. The Index shows how nearly 3,300 hospitals nationwide compare on 42 performance indicators. The institute’s new measures then fall under three categories: 

• Civic Leadership, which assesses a commitment to equity, inclusion, and community health;

• Value of Care, which measures use of unnecessary services; and

• Patient Outcomes, which evaluates patient outcomes, safety, and satisfaction.

“No other hospital ranking provides a 360-degree view of hospital performance,” said Shannon Brownlee, senior vice president at the Lown Institute, in a recent announcement. “Many of the best-known hospitals score highly on patient outcomes but poorly on civic leadership and value of care. Our data show that it’s possible to do well in all three categories, because some hospitals are doing it. That means all the people in their communities are being served effectively and fairly.”

Safety is one of Piedmont Fayette’s top priorities. Since the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital has taken a series of steps and implemented a number of new processes, including a new visitor policy, a mask requirement and utilization of telemedicine, to ensure a safe environment for patients and employees. 

“At a time when communities are relying on them like never before, hospitals must rethink what it means to be great,” said Vikas Saini, M.D., president of the Lown Institute, in a recent announcement. “COVID-19 highlights how hospitals are essential community partners for anyone in need. To be great, however, a hospital cannot only provide care that’s high in quality. It must also deliver value and advance equality. Our index is designed to help them do just that.”

For the Lown Index’s full results, visit lownhospitalsindex.org. For more information about Piedmont Fayette, visit piedmont.org.

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