St. David's HealthCare February 24, 2016

AUSTIN, TEXAS—Today, St. David's Medical Center, including Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital campuses, announced that it has received the Healthgrades 2016 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ for the second consecutive year.St. David’s Medical Center is the only hospital in the Austin area (including the counties of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gillespie, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson) to earn this award for two consecutive years—and one of only three hospitals in Texas to earn this distinction for two consecutive years. By receiving the 2016 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award, St. David’s Medical Center, including Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, is among the top 2 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“We are pleased to be recognized as one of America’s 100 Top Hospitals, as it underscores our commitment to delivering exceptional care to our patients,” Don Wilkerson, chief executive officer of St. David’s Medical Center, said. “The dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff to providing exceptional care to every patient every day has helped this hospital gain its reputation as a national center of excellence.”

From 2012 through 2014, Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™recipients, as a group, had a 26.5 percent lower risk adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals. During this same period, if all other hospitals had performed at the level of America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients across these 19 procedures and conditions, 170,705 lives could potentially have been saved.For example, patients treated at a hospital that has achieved the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ had, on average, a 32.1 percent lower risk of dying during their hospital stay for Heart Failure than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.

“Our analysis shows that there is tremendous variation in care, so it’s important for consumers to carefully research and choose a hospital,” Evan Marks, chief strategy officer of Healthgrades, said. “We commend the recipients of the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award for delivering exceptional clinical outcomes that help them stand out from their peers in terms of overall clinical performance.”

Healthgrades uses objective methodology and independent public data to recognize America’s best hospitals. The public data come primarily from the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) dataset. The 100 recipients of the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2016 study period (2012-2014), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures, as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

Earlier this year, St. David’s Medical Center—including Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital campuses—and St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center received the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades. These St. David’s HealthCare facilities are among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide to earn this recognition for clinical performance.

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients, visit Healthgrades.com/Quality.


St. David’s Medical Center

St. David’s Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized in 2014 with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership—and as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Truven Health Analytics in January 2012. Founded in 1924, St. David’s Medical Center is a full-service medical center offering comprehensive medical care at three locations—St. David’s Medical Center, located at 919 East 32ndStreet in Austin; Heart Hospital of Austin, located at3801 North Lamar Blvd.; and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital,located in Georgetown at 2000 Scenic Drive. The three campuses offer a full range of medical specialties, as well as many other innovative healthcare services.

St. David’s Medical Center in central Austin includes a350-bed acute care hospital and a64-bed rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care.St. David’sMedical Center is also home to St. David’s Neuroscience & Spine Institute and the internationallyrenownedTexas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute. The hospital provides a complete range of women’s services, including its acclaimed maternity unit, maternal-fetal medicine,ahigh-risk maternal and neonatal transport team,the region’s largest and most sophisticated Neonatal Intensive Care UnitandThe Breast Center; a fertility center; complex surgical services; a comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center; and a 24-hour emergency department.

St. David’s Medical Center, including the Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital campuses, received the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, for the fifth consecutive year. Additionally, St. David’s Medical Center was named among the nation’s 100 Top HospitalsbyTruven Health Analytics for six consecutive years, from 2010 to 2015. Truven Health Analytics also named St. David’s Medical Center to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2013, 2015 and 2016. The hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers andother large purchasers of health benefits, for four consecutive years from 2012 to 2016. For more information, please visitStDavids.com.