SGMC Maintains Gold Recognition for Cardiac Care

Staff Report

Friday, March 24th, 2023

Each year the American College of Cardiology (ACC) recognizes hospitals for their participation in the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR). South Georgia Medical Center received the Chest Pain- MI Registry Award (Gold) for the care of cardiac patients for the second consecutive year.   

This accomplishment demonstrates sustained, top-level performance in quality of care and adherence to guideline recommendations for cardiac care.  

According to SGMC's Chief of Cardiology Dr. Doug Luke, "Maintaining this high level of performance requires daily effort from multiple departments across the organization. We would like to congratulate the team and thank them for their dedication, resilience, and attention to detail."  

The NCDR participation and award landed SGMC a spot in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" edition. The annual report ratings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or elective procedures.  

According to the NCDR, for 25 years it has delivered a suite of data registries to help hospitals, centers, and health systems measure and improve the quality of cardiovascular care they provide. The NCDR utilizes real-world evidence to improve patient outcomes and achieve quality heart care.   

SGMC has the region's only open-heart program, structural heart and valve center, and cardiac electrophysiology program. To learn more about SGMC's heart and vascular programs, visit