Awards & Recognition

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University Hospital is rated three stars. The overall CMS hospital rating summarizes a variety of measures on Hospital Compare reflecting common conditions that hospitals treat. The overall rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to others in the U.S. To see how other area hospitals rank, see

Helping ensure our patients receive the highest level of care, delivered with dignity and compassion, is our goal with every patient and family member, every time. Our Board challenges us to remain in the Top 10 percent of hospitals in the country in quality scores, and they meet monthly with physicians and clinical staff to analyze the data and develop a plan to better serve our patients. It is this goal-driven mindset that has earned us recognition in key areas for our quality strides.

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Leapfrog Safety Rating

University Hospital is proud to announce its “A” rating in the Spring 2021 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by  The Leapfrog Group  (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers the information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades available online.

'US News & World Report'

The U.S. News & World Report analysis of hospitals includes data from nearly 5,000 centers across multiple clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. Scores are based on a variety of patient outcomes and care-related factors, such as patient safety and nurse staffing. In 2021, University Hospital was ranked ninth in Georgia, and no other local hospital was included in the rankings. University Hospital ranked "High Performing" in nine reportable conditions or procedures. These include: 

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Knee replacement
  • Hip replacement
  • Diabetes

No other CSRA hospital received more recognition for a high-performing procedure or condition.

NRC Health

University Hospital was ranked among the Top 100 US hospitals in the Consumer Loyalty Award 2020 list as ranked by NRC Health. The NRC Health Loyalty Index is a single score calculated from consumer data collected on each of the seven aspects of loyalty that NRC Health has identified as providing a holistic, comprehensive view of healthcare-consumer loyalty. These seven aspects are access, brand score, engagement, need, motivation, experience, and Net Promoter Score (NPS). With these metrics, healthcare organizations can compare their performance to that of their peers, and observe trends and make adjustments over time in an effort to increase consumer loyalty.

No other area hospital was ranked either nationally or regionally.

Magnet Hospital

University Hospital is proud to be designated a Magnet Hospital by The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The hospital, the only Magnet Hospital in our area, retained its prestigious Magnet Status after a rigorous review and re-designation survey in early 2016. The ANCC's Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing services is considered one of the highest honors that can be received for outstanding achievement in nursing.


Medicare Hospital-Acquired Condition Penalty

In October 2014, CMS began reducing Medicare payments for subsection (d) hospitals that rank in the worst-performing quartile of subsection (d) hospitals with respect to hospital-acquired conditions (HACs).

University Hospital was among only three hospitals in the CSRA to NOT be penalized in 2021.


At University we closely monitor our patients' satisfaction through a survey process administered by an outside vendor. We ask patients to rate us in a number of areas, including their overall rating of care and would they recommend us to others. Our goal is to be in the top 10 percent of hospitals across the country and we work every day to improve the experience for our patients and visitors.