St. David's Medical Center Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 Hospital News
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AUSTIN, Texas, March 29 On March 29, 2010, St. David's Medical Center was named one of the nation's 100 Top HospitalsŪ by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. The award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, financial performance and operational efficiency.

"We are honored to have been chosen as one of the top hospitals in the nation," C. David Huffstutler, chief executive officer of St. David's Medical Center, said. "St. David's Medical Center has grown into a regional center of excellence for the treatment of complex conditions related to a wide range of specialties, attracting patients from all over the state of Texas and even around the globe. This honor is a testament to the work of our team of physicians and employees who provide state-of-the-art care for patients in our community and beyond."

The winners were identified through an in-depth analysis, the Thomson Reuters 100 Top HospitalsŪ: National Benchmarks study. The study evaluated 3,000 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in nine areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, patient satisfaction and adherence to clinical standards of care.

The winning hospitals will be announced in the March 30 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

"The 100 Top Hospitals winners raised the bar again this year, delivering a higher level of reliable care and greater value for their communities," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters.

According to Thomson Reuters, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as Medicare patients treated in the winning hospitals:

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at

St. David's Medical Center

Founded in 1924, St. David's Medical Center is the flagship hospital of St. David's HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas. Located within minutes of Downtown Austin, at 919 East 32nd Street off of IH35, St. David's Medical Center includes a 347-bed, acute care hospital, and a dedicated 64-bed Rehabilitation Hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. St. David's Medical Center is home to the renowned NeuroTexas Institute, (including the TIA Center for Stroke Prevention and designation as a Primary Stroke Center); the acclaimed Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute; high-level women's services with Level I, II and III nurseries; a Bariatric Center of Excellence; the Breast Center; orthopedic services; a 24-hour emergency department; and a campus at St. David's Georgetown Hospital. For more information, please visit

-- More than 107,500 additional patients would survive each year. -- Nearly 132,000 patient complications would be avoided annually. -- Expenses would decline by $5.9 billion a year. -- The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

SOURCE St. David's Medical Center

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