January 26, 2016
AUSTIN, TEXAS—Today, 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, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. These St. David’s HealthCare facilities are among the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide to earn this recognition for clinical performance.
This is the fifth consecutive year for St. David’s Medical Center—including Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital—to achieve this distinction.
“We are honored to be among the top five percent of hospitals nationwide for superior performance in clinical outcomes across a broad spectrum of care,” David Huffstutler, president and chief executive officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “This designation reflects St. David’s HealthCare’s commitment to deliver exceptional care to every patient, every day and is a true testament to the outstanding dedication and teamwork of our staff.”
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 are the only hospitals in the Austin-Round Rock area to receive this designation, which is based on quality care across a broad spectrum of common inpatient conditions and procedures evaluated by Healthgrades.*
Nationally, 260 hospitals out of 1,485 eligible hospitals were recognized as recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award by providing high-quality care across at least 21 of 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures, as evaluated by Healthgrades.
From 2012 through 2014, Healthgrades’ Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, as a group, had a 26.5 percent lower risk adjusted of in-hospital mortality rates across 19 procedures and conditions where mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals. During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 158,858 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated at a hospital that achieved the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award had, on average, a 32 percent lower risk of dying from heart failure than if treated at a hospital that did not receive this distinction.
“When it comes to hospital selection, two of the most important questions to consider are where you are most likely to have a complication-free hospital stay and which hospital offers the best chance of survival, both during the hospital stay and in the weeks that follow,” Evan Marks, chief strategy officer, Healthgrades, said. “Selecting a hospital that has achieved Healthgrades’ 2016 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award is one way to be confident that you will receive the right care.”
The 260 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence 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). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.
*Area evaluated refers to Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA)
St. David’s HealthCare
With more than 110 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes six of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. Known for compassionate, high-quality care, in 2014, the organization was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership. It has also been recognized with the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Texas based upon world-class quality measures. In 2015, two of the system’s facilities—St. David’s Medical Center and St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center—were named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. St. David’s HealthCare was also recognized as one of the Top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Truven Health Analytics in 2012. Additionally, St. David’s Medical Center—which includes Heart Hospital of Austin—was named a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital for 2013, 2015 and 2016. Perennially ranked as the top Austin-area employer among large companies by the Austin Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” survey, St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 8,500 employees.