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Piedmont Fayette again ranked among America’s Best 50 Hospitals

Michael Burnett, chief executive officer for Piedmont Fayette Hospital, accepts the trophy for being named one of Healthgrades America’s Best 50 Hospitals from Meredith Payne, Director of Client Development at Healthgrades. (Staff photo by Christopher Dunn)

The country is learning what Fayette County already knows. For the second consecutive year, Piedmont Fayette Hospital has been named one of Healthgrades America’s Best 50 Hospitals. Piedmont Fayette staff celebrated the monumental achievement last week with a reception and trophy presentation.
“I think it’s a testament to all of our physicians, our employees, our staff, and the outstanding care that we deliver here on a daily basis,” said Michael Burnett, chief executive officer for Piedmont Fayette Hospital. “We’re working together to help ensure that people can trust the hospital when they’re sick. They can have trust that they’re going to have better outcomes. It’s been validated by this.”
The honor does not come easily. With more than 1.2 million visitors using their website everyday, Healthgrades knows about focusing on providing patients with tools and information when it comes to seeking medical care. Each year, they evaluate over 4,500 hospitals, rating their performance via clinical outcomes, pointing to mortality and complication rates as the most relevant and objective measures of quality.
Piedmont Fayette Hospital again earned their place among the elite, performing in the top one percent of all hospitals in the nation in at least 21 of 32 procedures. Hitting that mark makes a facility eligible for the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. Sustaining that level of excellence for over seven years led them to a spot among the country’s 50 best, something Piedmont Fayette has now done two straight years.
To put that level of quality into perspective, according to Meredith Payne, the Healthgrades representative who presented the trophy, if all hospitals performed at the level of the winners of America’s 50 Best Hospitals, from 2012 through 2014 over 170,000 lives could have been saved.
“The majority of us who work here have loved ones who live here,” said Burnett. “This is our ministry. This is why we do what we do. It’s to take care of our community.”

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.