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Healthgrades recognizes Piedmont Macon North as top hospital for orthopedic surgery

Macon, Ga. (Nov. 16, 2021) – Healthgrades, one of the nation’s leading physician and hospital resource databases, released its annual list of top providers of orthopedic surgery and awarded Piedmont Macon North with a 2022 Orthopedic Surgery Excellence honor. Healthgrades analyzes hospital performance on more than 45 million Medicare medical claims records for more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide to develop this distinguished list. Only about 130 hospitals across the country and only four in the state of Georgia were recognized with this honor. Piedmont Macon North was recognized with the award for the fourth year in a row and is the only hospital in middle Georgia to be recognized.

“Every American should use this information to help them decide where to seek specialty care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science of Healthgrades. “Healthgrades also provides the tools for hospitals to understand how well they perform compared with other local, regional and national hospitals—and to make improvements accordingly.”

“Our goal at Piedmont is to make a positive difference in every life we touch and being recognized by Healthgrades goes to show that our team of dedicated hospital staff and physicians are doing exactly that,” said Gary Bernstein, Chief Medical Officer at Piedmont Macon North. “These ratings are based on actual clinical performance across our city, region, state, and country. The results reveal that patients undergoing orthopedic surgery at Piedmont Macon North have statistically superior patient outcomes. I couldn’t be more proud of our team for this achievement.”

Orthopedic surgery is surgery performed on the musculoskeletal system: bones, muscles, ligaments, joints, and tendons. Some of the most common body areas where orthopedic surgery may be performed are on wrists for carpal tunnel or distal radius fractures, ankles for common sports injuries, hips for repairs and replacements, spines for laminectomies, fusions, disc operations, and more.

The Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award recognizes hospitals that deliver superior patient outcomes in back and neck surgery, spinal fusion, hip fracture treatment, hip replacement, and total knee replacement. Healthgrades evaluates hospital quality for conditions and procedures based solely on clinical outcomes to help consumers understand and compare hospital performance to support their care choices. To view the full list of hospitals recognized by this specialty excellence award, visit

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