St. David's HealthCare
January 24, 2018

AUSTIN, TEXAS—St. David’s Medical Center—including Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital—were recently recognized by Healthgrades as recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™. This is the seventh consecutive year for St. David’s Medical Center—including Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital—to achieve this distinction.

This award recognizes facilities rated among the top 5 percent in the nation for treatment of common inpatient conditions and procedures as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions when choosing a healthcare provider. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for consistent, year-over-year, superior clinical performance. The analysis is based on more than 45 million Medicare medical claims records collected nationwide.

This achievement is part of findings released by Healthgrades in its 2018 Report to the Nation. The report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally.

From 2014-2016, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence had, on average, a 26.3 percent lower risk of dying (across 19 procedures and conditions where mortality is the clinical outcome) than if they were treated in hospitals that did not achieve this distinction.

The complete Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation, including detailed study methodology, can be found here.

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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 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 9,000 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 $379 million have been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of people in Central Texas.