St. David's HealthCare
November 12, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas—In November, St. David’s Medical Center, including Heart Hospital of Austin, was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health™. This is the fifth year the combined hospital campuses have earned this distinction. Prior to being consolidated under St. David’s Medical Center, Heart Hospital of Austin was recognized with this honor six times.

St. David’s Medical Center, including Heart Hospital of Austin, is one of three Texas hospitals to earn this designation and the only hospital in Austin to be recognized this year. This designation is especially significant because 30 of this year’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals were teaching hospitals, and only 20 were non-teaching hospitals, including St. David’s Medical Center.

“We are honored to be recognized among the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation once again, as it underscores our commitment to providing the highest level of cardiovascular care,” David Huffstutler, chief executive officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “This designation is the direct result of the dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff.”

The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study uses 2016 and 2017 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2017 Medicare cost reports (2016 if 2017 reports were not available) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data published in the second quarter of 2018. Hospitals were scored in key value-based performance areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, wage- and severity-adjusted average cost per case and, new this year, CMS 30-day episode payment measures.

If all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners (based on Medicare patients only), results industry-wide could amount to more than 10,300 additional lives saved, $1.8 billion saved and 2,800 additional bypass and angioplasty patients without medical complications.

The winning hospitals were announced in the November 5thedition of Modern Healthcare magazine. For more information, visit

St. David’s Medical Center

St. David’s Medical Center, which is part of St. David’s HealthCare, is a full-service medical center offering comprehensive medical care at three locations—St. David’s Medical Center, Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital.

Located in Central Austin, St. David’s Medical Center includes a 374-bed acute care hospital and a 64-bed rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. It is home to the internationally renowned Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute and St. David’s Neuroscience & Spine Institute. The hospital provides a complete range of women’s services, including its acclaimed maternity unit, maternal-fetal medicine, a high-risk maternal and neonatal transport team, the region’s largest Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and The Breast Center; complex surgical services; a comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center; and a 24-hour emergency department. In 2018, St. David’s Medical Center was named among the Top 50 Hospitals in the nation by Healthgrades.

Heart Hospital of Austin

Heart Hospital of Austin, which is part of St. David’s HealthCare, is a 58-bed hospital and one of the highest performing cardiovascular facilities in the nation, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. It features a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department; an advanced Executive Wellness Program; five operating rooms (ORs), including two hybrid ORs; three catheterization labs; and two electrophysiology labs. It is home to one of the largest non-academic cardiovascular research programs in the world.