St. David's HealthCare August 02, 2016

St. David’s Medical Center—Including St. David’s Georgetown Hospital and Heart Hospital of Austin—Only Facilities in Austin Region to Earn Five-Star Rating

AUSTIN, TEXAS — St. David’s HealthCare facilities recently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation via the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) new Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating system. The new rating system, which was debuted on July 27, summarizes data from existing quality measures publicly reported on CMS’ Hospital Compare website into a single star rating for each hospital, making it easier for consumers to compare hospitals and interpret complex quality information. The rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the United States. The overall rating ranges from one to five stars. The more stars, the better a hospital performed on the available quality measures.

St. David’s Medical Center—which includes St. David’s Georgetown Hospital and Heart Hospital of Austin—was one of only 13 hospitals in Texas to earn a five-star rating.

“We are pleased to have been ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for these key quality measures,” Tom Knight, M.D., chief medical officer at St. David’s HealthCare, said. “These rankings allow consumers to compare hospitals in a uniform way—and make educated decisions when choosing a hospital or healthcare provider. Our rankings underscore our commitment to providing exceptional care to every patient every day.”

The new ratings summarize up to 64 quality measures on Hospital Compare—including mortality rates, infection rates, readmission rates and safety of care—reflecting common conditions that hospitals treat, such as heart attacks or pneumonia.

The methodology for the new Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating was developed with significant input from a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) and refined after public input. The star rating will be updated quarterly, and it will incorporate new measures as they are publicly reported on the website, as well as remove measures retired from the quality reporting programs.

Hospitals report data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that runs the Medicare program, through the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program and the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program.

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 8,700 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 $269 million have been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of people in Central Texas.