Athens Regional Health System

Awards and Recognition

Top Performer
Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as number 8 in Georgia and as High Performing in the specialty areas of:


GI Surgery


Neurology & Neurosurgery



Named One of America’s Best
America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience

America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics

America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Heart Care

Top Cardiac Performer 
Our Cardiac Vascular Center is named an accredited Chest Pain Center by The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Recognition
CICU earns 2012 Silver Beacon Award for Excellence for improving patient outcomes and meeting standards for a healthy work environment

The only 3-star group in GA
Athens Cardiovascular and Thoracic Associates, PC earns 3-star rating for Heart Surgery Groups in the state by Consumer Reports

Georgia Hospital of the Year
Named 2011 Large Hospital of the Year by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

2013: The National Cardiovascular Data Registry recognizes ARMC with ACTION Registry®–GWTGTM Gold Achievement for our commitment to quality performance and improvements to heart attack care.

2011: Athens Regional Medical Center earns the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award

2011: Healthcare advertising excellence awards for the Pink Project, Interactive Map and I Am Athens Regional, including two Gold Aster Awards, two Silver Healthcare Marketing Report Awards, two Silver Target Awards and two Merit Healthcare Marketing Report Awards

2011: GHA/PHA Quality Honor Roll (Presidential category) in August, 2011

2011: Jim Pirkle, Associate Director Clinical Analytics, appointed Examiner for 2011 Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award

2011: Only hospital in Georgia to offer iCAD VividLook technology

2011: 2011 Gold Level Recipient of American Heart Association's Start! Fit Friendly Companies Recognition Program

2011: Mother Baby Unit wins Lactation Care Award from International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and International Lactation Consultant Association. Only facility in Athens and one of six in Georgia.

2011: GHA/PHA Quality Honor Roll (Presidential category) in February, 2011

2011: Bernard Wheatley, VP of Operations, receives ACHE Regent's Senior Executive Award

WomenCertified award     U.S.News and World Report Best Hospitals     Consumer Reports     Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals     Chest Pain Center Accreditation