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St. David's HealthCare Facilities Named Among Nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, IBM Watson Health

St. David's HealthCare March 22, 2017

AUSTIN, TEXAS—On March 6, 2017, St. David’s Medical Center—including the Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital campuses—was named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson HealthTM business. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions that support healthcare cost and quality improvement. This is the eighth consecutive year that St. David’s Medical Center has received this prestigious ranking.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals is the most comprehensive, academically driven study of its kind. It evaluates clinical and operational performance in 11 areas, addressing:

  • Inpatient mortality
  • 30-day mortality rate
  • Complications
  • Core measures
  • 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate
  • Severity-adjusted average length of stay
  • Mean emergency room throughput
  • Inpatient expense per discharge
  • Medicare spend per beneficiary
  • Adjusted operating profit margin
  • Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score (patient rating of overall hospital performance)

The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

“We are honored to have been named among the 100 Top Hospitals in America for the eighth year in a row,” Don Wilkerson, chief executive officer of St. David’s Medical Center, said. “This recognition is a testament to our commitment to providing exceptional care to every patient every day.”

Based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • Nearly 89,000 additional lives could be saved
  • Over 61,000 additional patients could be complication-free
  • Over $5.6 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
  • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day
  • Over 300,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days
  • Patients would spend nine minutes less in hospital emergency departments per visit

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 6th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. For more information, visit 100TopHospitals.com.


St. David’s HealthCare

With more than 110 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. The organization was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence—in 2014. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 9,000 employees.

St. David’s HealthCare is a unique partnership between a hospital management company and two local non-profits—St. David’s Foundation and Georgetown Health Foundation. The proceeds from the operations of the hospitals fund the foundations, which, in turn, invest those dollars back into the community. Since the inception of St. David’s HealthCare in 1996, more than $379 million have been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of people in Central Texas.

Truven Health Analytics (part of the IBM Watson Health business)

Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson Health™ business, provides market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data integrity, advanced analytics and domain expertise. For more than 40 years, our insights and solutions have been providing hospitals and clinicians, employers and health plans, state and federal government agencies, life sciences companies and policymakers, the facts they need to make confident decisions that directly affect the health and well-being of people and organizations in the US and around the world. The company was acquired by IBM in 2016 to help form a new business, Watson Health. Watson Health aspires to improve lives and give hope by delivering innovation to address the world’s most pressing health challenges through data and cognitive insights.

Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as MarketScan®, 100 Top Hospitals®, Advantage Suite®, Micromedex®, Simpler ® and ActionOI ®. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago, IL and Denver, CO.

For more information, visit TruvenHealth.com.

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