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Georgia Regents Medical Center Among Top Organ Transplant Centers in Nation

HealthGrades recognizes Georgia Regents Medical Center with Transplant Excellence Award™

For the second consecutive year, the Transplant Services in Augusta, Georgia, has been recognized by HealthGrades with the Kidney Transplant Excellence Award.

In fact, Georgia Regents Medical Center is one of only ten kidney transplant programs to receive this quality distinction, and one of 20 nationwide to receive a HealthGrades Transplant Excellence Award.

HealthGrades annual evaluation of the nation’s top-performing hospitals in organ transplantation includes clinical quality data, based on patient outcomes, for each of the 210 adult acute care hospitals that perform transplants. This information is available, free to the public, at HealthGrades.com and is intended to help patients in need of kidney, lung, heart or liver transplants.

HealthGrades Transplant Excellence Award is based on data calculated by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) for all adult acute care hospitals in the U.S. with transplant programs.

Hospitals with transplant programs received HealthGrades Transplant Excellence Awards if they had a statistically significantly higher three-year survival rate. Award recipients were also required to have waitlist mortality that was either not significantly different than expected or was significantly lower than expected based on SRTR calculations. Of the 210 hospitals evaluated, 20 hospitals received this award.

About HealthGrades

Health Grades, Inc. is the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, providing quality ratings, profiles and cost information on the nation's hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and prescription drugs. Millions of patients and many of the nation’s largest hospitals, health plans and employers rely on HealthGrades’ quality ratings, advisory services and decision-support resources. The HealthGrades Network of websites, including HealthGrades.com and WrongDiagnosis.com, is a top-ten health property according to comScore and is the Internet's leading destination for patients choosing providers.

More information on how HealthGrades guides Americans to their best health can be found at http://www.healthgrades.com.

For more information about Kidney and Pancreas Transplant services at Georgia Regents Medical Center, call 706-721-2888 or 1-800-736-2273, ext 2888 or e-mail kidney_transplant@gru.edu