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Houston Medical Center Named One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals

Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins has been named by HealthGrades as one of America’s 100 best hospitals.

The local medical center is one of three in Georgia to make the list and the only one south of Atlanta.

HealthGrades, according to a Houston Healthcare press release announcing the honor, is the nation’s leading independent source of hospital quality ratings. To receive the top 100 ranking, hospitals must be designated a “distinguished hospital for clinical excellence” for five consecutive years based on mortality and complication rates.

According to HealthGrades, Houston Medical Center had a 30 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality rate from 2008 to 2010 across 17 procedures and diagnoses.

Houston Medical Center and Perry Hospital were recognized for clinical achievements in specific care areas.

Houston Medical Center was rated among the nation’s 100 best hospitals for pulmonary care and has been ranked number one in Georgia for overall pulmonary services for seven years in a row. It has also been five-star rated for treatment of pneumonia for ten years in a row and five-star rated for six years in treatment of heart failure.

Perry Hospital has won HealthGrades’ pulmonary care excellence award for five years in a row and has been ranked in the top ten percent in the nation for five consecutive years in overall pulmonary services. It is also five-star rated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and for treatment of pneumonia.

Read more: The Warner Robins Patriot – Houston Medical Center named one of America s 100 best hospitals

The Biggest Growth Spots in the Next 20 Years


Small to mid-sized cities will likely be the “biggest winners in the housing market two decades from now,” predicts Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist. Some of these cities will be near large metro areas while some may be more distant and include small to mid-sized cities in college towns too, Humphries adds.

Humphries says market “winners” in the next 20 years will likely be places like Austin, Texas; Savannah, Ga.; Athens, Ga.;  Rochester, N.Y.; Boulder, Colo.; Madison, Wis.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Spokane, Wash.

“Why do I think that these communities are going to fare better than rest?” Humphries writes in an article for Business Insider.“The suburbs and exurbs around large coastal metros like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, and DC have grown in large part because of strong job creation in these markets paired with rising home prices close to the urban core. New arrivals coming to these markets in search of jobs often end up living in the suburbs or exurbs to find affordable housing. Or they rent housing in the urban core until they marry and have children, moving out in order to find a bigger home they can afford.”

Humphries acknowledges that the increase in commuting costs could threaten more home owners moving away from urban cores. But he predicts that a growth in smaller manufacturing firms “will make smaller metros more economically viable.”

“If energy costs do rise, I’d definitely bet on the increased dispersion of firms to suburbs and beyond versus the proposition of more migration of people from these areas into the urban core,” Humphries notes.

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