St. David's HealthCare
March 05, 2018

Recognition distinguishes facilities among top one percent in the nation

AUSTIN, TEXAS—On Feb. 27, 2018, St. David’s Medical Center—including Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital—received the Healthgrades 2018 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™. The recognition distinguishes these facilities among the top one percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for their consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“This is a significant accomplishment, as it underscores our commitment to delivering exceptional care to every patient every day,” David Huffstutler, president and chief executive officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “The dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff has allowed our hospitals to be recognized among the best in the nation.”

These St. David’s HealthCare facilities were recognized for clinical excellence based on an analysis of risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for common procedures and conditions. Patients treated within America’s 50 Best Hospitals experience fewer complications, lower mortality rates and had better outcomes. In fact, from 2014 through 2016, if all other hospitals, as a group, had performed at the level of America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award recipients across these 19 procedures and conditions, 179,464 lives could potentially have been saved.*

“As consumers take an active role in managing their health, they can have confidence that hospitals that have achieved the America’s 50 Best Hospital Award stand above the rest,” Brad Bowman, chief medical officer of Healthgrades, said. “We commend the recipients of the America’s 50 Best Hospital Award for delivering exceptional quality care to their patients.”

The 50 recipients of the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award are distinguished for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2018 study period (2014-2016), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

conditions and procedures, as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

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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 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 third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 9,500 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 $400 million has been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of Central Texans.