St. David's HealthCare
February 21, 2022

Austin, TX—St. David’s HealthCare announced today that two of its facilities—St. David’s Medical Center and St. David’s South Austin Medical Center—have received the Healthgrades 2022 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™. The distinction places these hospitals in the top five percent of nearly 4,500 U.S. hospitals evaluated for their superior clinical performance according to Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

“Providing safe, high-quality care to every patient every day has long been our mission,” David Huffstutler, president and chief executive officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “This recognition underscores our commitment to providing the highest level of patient safety and care.”

From 2018 through 2020, patients treated in hospitals achieving this award had, on average, a 27.8% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 17 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome.*

During the same period, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the Healthgrades America's 250 Best Hospitals Award, 160,256 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for heart failure in hospitals achieving the award have, on average, a 34.0% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

Recipients of the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2022 study period (Medicare Fiscal Years 2018-2020), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 31 most common inpatient conditions and procedures as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). The 2022 study period did not include clinical outcomes for COVID-19 patients. 

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St. David’s HealthCare

St. David’s HealthCare includes eight of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. The organization has been recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence. St. David’s HealthCare is the fourth-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 10,500 colleagues across 169 sites of care. 

St. David’s HealthCare is a unique partnership between hospital management company HCA Healthcare and two local nonprofits—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, nearly $700 million has been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of Central Texans.