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South Fulton Medical Center

April 20, 2009 11:00 ET

South Fulton Medical Center Named "Best in Critical Care" in Atlanta Region for 2009

Award Given by Nation's Leading Independent Healthcare Ratings Organization

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - South Fulton Medical Center has been ranked the "Best for Critical Care" in the Region by HealthGrades®, the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings organization. And for the second year in a row, HealthGrades awarded South Fulton Medical Center Five-Star Ratings for Treatment of Sepsis and for Treatment of Respiratory Failure.

The HealthGrades five-star ratings recognize hospitals that demonstrate superior clinical quality in Critical Care based on the HealthGrades study of patient outcomes at approximately 5,000 U.S. hospitals. The hospitals recognized by HealthGrades have achieved better survival and lower complication rates in critical care, and the organization ranks South Fulton Medical Center among the top fifteen percent in the nation for outcomes in critical care.

The nationwide study performed by HealthGrades is the most comprehensive annual study of its kind, analyzing more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005-2007. The study not only examines critical care, but also a variety of other procedures and conditions.

"We are pleased to be honored by such a prestigious organization for the quality of our critical care services," said James Clements, CEO of South Fulton Medical Center. "Our hospital's leadership team, employees and medical staff are dedicated to delivering quality clinical care to our community," he added.

The HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study also found that if all hospitals performed at the level of five-star rated hospitals, 237,420 Medicare deaths could potentially have been prevented over the three years studied. More than half of those deaths were associated with four conditions: sepsis (a life-threatening illness caused by systemic response to infection), pneumonia, heart failure and respiratory failure.

About South Fulton Medical Center:

South Fulton Medical Center, part of Tenet Georgia, is a 338-bed acute care community medical center located in East Point, Georgia. Established in 1963, South Fulton Medical Center has been at the forefront in meeting the medical and health care needs of residents of South Fulton, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton and Douglas counties for more than a decade. Specialties include cardiac services, emergency services, outpatient surgery services, women's health, sleep disorders center, and a senior care clinic. South Fulton Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. More information on South Fulton Medical Center can be found at

About HealthGrades:

HealthGrades is the leading independent healthcare ratings company, providing ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes and physicians. Consumers and many of the nation's largest employers, health plans and hospitals rely on HealthGrades' independent ratings to make healthcare decisions based on the quality of care. Each month, more than 6 million consumers visit to research the quality of healthcare providers. More information on the company can be found at

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