SMYRNA, Ga., Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Among the select few physicians honored with the prestigious Patients' Choice Award this year is Dr. Avril Beckford. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121109/DC09927) In fact, of the nation's 870,000 active physicians and dentists, just five percent consistently received top scores from their patients on sites like Vitals ( http://www.vitals.com), qualifying them for this honor in 2012. Millions of patients go online each year to rate their doctors on various components of care, including accuracy of their diagnosis, the amount of time they spent with the doctor, and the doctor's bedside manner and follow-up care. Patients' Choice reviews these rankings and other quality measures to compile its yearly list of award winners. Dr. Avril Beckford commented on the recognition: "I'm so honored to receive an award that's based on how my patients view the quality of care I provide. I strive each day to exceed my patients' expectations, and I'm grateful that they've recognized my efforts." About Avril Beckford:a short profile by and about the honoree: I am humbled and honored to be recognized by my patients. I am passionate about my career in Pediatrics and feel that I have never worked a day in my life. Every morning I look forward to the privilege of serving children and their families. For me it is a calling. For more information on this Patients' Choice Award winner, please visit Dr. Avril Beckford's profile on PatientsChoice.org. Following the publication of Avril Beckford's selection for the Patient's Choice Award, American Registry seconded the honor and added Dr. Beckford to The Registry™ of Business Excellence. An exclusive recognition plaque has been designed to commemorate the honor. The doctor's custom wall plaque is shown here. For more information on Dr. Avril Beckford, located in Smyrna, GA, please call 770-801-5000, or visit www.wellstar.org. This press release was written by American Registry, LLC with approval by and/or contributions from Dr. Beckford and was distributed by PR Newswire, a subsidiary of UBM plc.