Valdosta, GA – South Georgia Medical Center was named the Top 10 Large Hospital in Georgia for 2015 by Georgia Trend magazine. The December issue grouped Georgia hospitals of similar size and missions into four categories: Teaching Hospitals, Large Hospitals (more than 250 patient beds), Medium Hospitals (100-249 beds) and Small Hospitals (fewer than 100 beds).SGMC Interim CEO Dr. Raymond Snead attributed this recognition to the commitment of its employees and staff to meeting patient and quality indicators. “This state-wide acknowledgment affirms the superior medical care SGMC offers to our region,” said Snead.According to Georgia Trend, the data used to compile the rankings came from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which provides publicly available information on more than 40 quality-related indicators, including patient experience, outcomes of care, process of care, and efficiency and value of the services rendered. All acute care hospitals that provide services to Medicare patients are required to report this information to CMS.Hospital bed size was determined by the American Hospital Directory (www.ahd.com). The hospitals with identical scores share the same ranking. The 2015 Top Hospitals Ranking includes only hospitals that participate in the CMS Value Based Purchasing Program. The full article can be found online at www.georgiatrend.com.