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St. David’s Medical Center Among Best in Nation—Again

Frist Awards L to R: Michael Henderson, M.D.; Ray Young, volunteer; and Loretta Carruthers, RN

St. David’s Medical Center—including Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital—was recently recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for the third consecutive year. The distinction places St. David’s Medical Center—including Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital—among the top 2 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

From 2013-2015, if all hospitals collectively performed at the level of hospitals achieving Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award, on average, 179,438 lives could potentially have been saved. Similarly, patients treated in hospitals achieving Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award have, on average, a 27.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures where mortality is the outcome.*

The 100 recipients of the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2017 study period (2013-2015), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures—as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients, visit Healthgrades.com/quality.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.


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.

Georgetown Awards

Last week, the hospital announced the annual winners of the HCA Excellence Awards.

• Excellence in Nursing for Compassionate Care, Gloria Stone, RN

• Excellence in Nursing for Professional Mentoring, Rafael Ledesma, RN

• Frist Humanitarian (physician), Michael Henderson, M.D.

• Frist Humanitarian (volunteer), Ray Young

• Frist Humanitarian (staff), Loretta Carruthers, RN

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