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WellStar Cobb Hospital ICU Awarded for Exceeding Patient Expectations

May 25, 2017

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Patients in in South Cobb can receive care close to home that is rivaled by only a handful of hospitals across the country. WellStar Cobb Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) was recently honored with the Beacon Award for Excellence. Awarded by the American Association of Critical- Care Nurses (AACN), the Beacon honors individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care. At the time of recognition, only 11 units in Georgia and 378 units nationwide held this distinction – which represents less than five percent of eligible units. Cobb Hospital’s ICU has held the award since 2013.

“At WellStar Cobb Hospital, we care for the whole person,” said Amy Carrier, president of WellStar Cobb Hospital. “Our patients are people. They have names. They have family members. And they deserve care that focuses on the mind, body and spirit. I’m so proud of our ICU team for providing this level of patient care every day.”

The ICU team accepted the award from the AACN at its annual conference in Houston this May. The team was recognized for exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction for patients and families. The hospital collects and uses evidence-based information to improve patient outcomes and patient and staff satisfaction.

“This award is not an individual award,” said Kay Kennedy, chief nursing officer at WellStar Cobb Hospital. “It takes every team member, performing at the highest level of care and integrity, year after year. Our 100-member-plus team makes this level of care possible.”

About WellStar Health System
WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 240 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments.  For more information, visit

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