St. Mary's Awards


Joint Commission Certified Top performing hospital for Orthopedics #1 in Georgia for Stroke Care #1 in Georgia for Stroke Care #1 in Georgia for Stroke Care Circle of Life Award Gold Plus Stroke Care American Heart Association's Mission: Lifestyle Bronze Achievement Award Women’s Choice Award Icon IBCLC Care Award Large Hospital of the Year
St. Mary’s is honored to receive state and national recognition for exceptional, compassionate care. Selected using rigorous criteria, these prestigious awards recognize our excellent team for providing the communities we serve with access to top-rated health care. St. Mary’s – Why go anywhere else?

One of America's 100 Best Hospitals 2016

Healthgrades announced that St. Mary's Health Care System has received the Healthgrades 2016 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™.

The distinction makes St. Mary's one of the top 2 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.


Large Hospital of the Year

For the third time since 2006, St. Mary’s has been named Large Hospital of the Year by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals. “The Alliance is grateful to St. Mary's for its unwavering commitment to improving the health of local community members…


Joint Commission Certified

St. Mary’s has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for the following programs, demonstrating St. Mary’s meets or exceeds the highest standards in the nation for quality care.

St. Mary’s Continued Accreditation
Since 1954

Advanced Primary Stroke Center
Since 2004

Certified Heart Failure Center
Since 2007

Total Hip Replacement
Since 2015



#1 General Surgery

Healthgrades has ranked St. Mary's as one of America's 100 Best hospitals for general surgery for three years in a row.


#1 Gastrointestinal Care

Exceptional GI Care: St. Mary's is proud to achieve Healthgrades® 100 Best award for Gastrointestinal Care in 2015, 2016 & 2017. 


Clinical Excellence

Healthgrades ranks St. Mary’s among the top 5 percent of hospitals in America for clinical excellence in 2015. In 2014 St. Mary's honors included patient safety, patient experience and women’s health (2015 recipients will be announced later this year). In addition to our 100 Best rankings, St. Mary's 2015 Healthgrades recognitions include Excellence Awards for joint replacement, stroke care, gastrointestinal care and general surgery; rankings in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for joint replacement, treatment of stroke and general surgery; and 5-star quality ratings for knee and hip replacement, heart failure, stroke, COPD, GI bleed, bowel obstruction, gallbladder removal and respiratory failure.


Women's Health

Healthgrades ranks St. Mary’s well in Women's Health. The Women’s Health Excellence Award™ recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in care provided to women across 15 common in-hospital conditions and procedures. Women who receive care for these conditions and procedures at a hospital recognized with a Women’s Health Excellence Award have, on average, a lower risk of mortality and complications. St. Mary's is also ranked in excellence in the following areas: joint replacement, neurosciences, gastrointestinal care, and general surgery.


Gold Plus Stroke Care

For the seventh consecutive year in a row, St. Mary’s has achieved the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for stroke care, the highest level possible. This means St. Mary’s has met the highest standards for stroke care in America for six years in a row. From emergency diagnostics and treatment to post-stroke rehab, we strive to help our stroke patients return to active living.


Women Certified

St. Mary’s is proud to receive the Women’s Choice Award from WomenCertified for Patient Experience and Obstetrics. WomenCertified ranks St. Mary’s as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics in 2013,2014, and 2015. St. Mary's is also recognized by WomenCertified in America's top 50 hospitals for stroke care and America's top 100 hospitals for Patient Safety. 


St. Mary’s Honored for Lactation Care

Athens, GA – The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) have recognized St. Mary’s Health Care System for excellence in lactation care.