Quality and Clinical Excellence

Clinical Excellence
Saint Joseph's is a true innovator and attracts some of the nation's finest physicians, nurses and medical support personnel. Patient ratings of Saint Joseph's nurses are among the highest reported year after year. Saint Joseph’s cardiovascular programs handle one of the highest case volumes in the nation, and the hospital is one of only a small number nationwide designated by the National Cancer Institute as a grantee hospital of the Community Clinical Oncology Program. This designation gives Saint Joseph's physicians and nurses, with several other local member hospitals in Atlanta access to the latest, most advanced cancer treatments and therapies available.

Saint Joseph's is renowned for its many firsts
Saint Joseph's was the first hospital in the Southeast to perform open heart surgery, the first to develop a cardiac cath lab and the first to perform balloon angioplasty. The hospital was the first to open a pace maker clinic and the first in Georgia to implant an artificial heart. Saint Joseph's is also regarded as one of Georgia's early pioneers in vascular surgery.

Awards and distinctions

Saint Joseph’s mission to provide compassionate care has led it to the forefront for national recognition as well.

Clinical excellence
In 2007, for the fifth consecutive year, Saint Joseph’s earned distinction for clinical cxcellence, remaining in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country for overall clinical services. Saint Joseph’s was also rated as “Best in Georgia” for cardiac, stroke and gastrointestinal and orthopaedic services by the nation’s leading health-care ratings company. Saint Joseph’s is designated as one of the best in the Sunbelt region for handling heart attacks, interventional cardiology procedures, carotid endarterectomies and peripheral vascular bypasses. For the third consecutive year, Saint Joseph’s is the only hospital in Atlanta to receive this rating. These high marks place Saint Joseph's among the best cardiac programs in the country.

Saint Joseph’s Hospital also was recognized for excellence in patient safety, according to the nation’s leading health-care ratings company. This distinction ranks Saint Joseph’s Hospital among the top five percent nationally for patient safety outcomes. Saint Joseph’s is one of only 106 hospitals in the country to receive this desgnation for three consecutive years, and the only hospital in Georgia to do so.

Magnet Award
In 1995, Saint Joseph’s became the third hospital in the world to receive the Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence. It is now the only community hospital in the world to achieve its fifth-consecutive Magnet designation.

Magnet is granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. It is the only national designation that recognizes nurses as integral team members in influencing positive patient outcomes.

Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as:

  • Lower mortality rates
  • Lower hospital-acquired infection rates
  • Higher patient satisfaction
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses

A Health-care leader
Saint Joseph’s Hospital has been named a 100 Top Hospital® National by Solucient, the nation’s leading source of information products for the health care industry. Saint Joseph’s has earned distinction as a 100 Top Hospital® Cardiovascular six times and this is first time the hospital has been recognized with both designations by Solucient.

Saint Joseph’s is one of only 14 hospitals in the country to make both the 2005 National and Cardiovascular listings, and the only large community hospital (250+ acute care beds) in Georgia to earn the distinction.

The 13th edition of the Solucient 100 Top Hospital: National Benchmarks for Success Study scores hospitals according to nine key organization-wide measures for five critical performance areas which include outcome of care, patient safety, efficiency, financial performance and growing community service. The 2005 list identified benchmark-setting hospitals in five categories: major teaching hospitals, teaching hospitals, large community hospitals, medium (100-249 acute care beds) and small community hospitals (25-99 acute care beds).

The bench-mark study results show that the 100 top hospitals treated sicker patients requiring more complex treatment and had better patient outcomes and lower costs. Survival rates at those hospitals were higher (96.9 percent) compared to typical peer hospitals (96.2 percent) translating into tens of thousands of lives saved.

Saint Joseph's also has been named one of the Nation's Top 100 Orthopaedic Hospitals for performing 59 percent more procedures and having a 31 percent lower complication rate and shorter lengths of stay than other hospitals.

A leader in cancer care also, Saint Joseph's is the grantee hospital for the National Cancer Institute funded program aimed at offering the best in cancer research throughout Atlanta and rural Georgia. Saint Joseph's is one of only 50 hospitals in the United States to receive this designation. The program offers state-of-the-art treatments and technology such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery or biologic modulation.

Saint Joseph's Prostate Cancer Center was one of only five hospitals nationwide in 2009 to receive designation as a "Best Practice Hospital" pilot site for comprehensive prostate cancer care by the Association for Community Cancer Centers (ACCC). For more information please visit our Prostate Cancer Center Website at www.gaprostatecancer.org.  

Furthermore, the oncology program has just recently received a full, three-year certification from the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer.