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U.S. News: Seton Austin among Texas’ Best

us_news_image428size (1)Seton Medical Center Austin, ranked four years in a row as the No. 1 hospital in the Austin metro area, is now rated No. 7 among all Texas acute care hospitals for adults, U.S. News & World Report announced this week in its new 2015-16 Best Hospitals list.

It’s a move up: in 2014-15, the hospital was rated No. 12 statewide.

Seton Northwest Hospital and University Medical Center Brackenridge – both Seton facilities – tied for No. 3 in the Austin metro area and No. 23 in Texas.

Seton Austin earned high performing ratings this year in nine areas: heart failure; heart bypass surgery; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); hip replacement; knee replacement; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; and orthopedics.

Seton Northwest is recognized for high performance in treating heart failure; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); gastroenterology; and gastrointestinal surgery. UMC Brackenridge is deemed a high performer for COPD; orthopedics; nephrology; and ear, nose and throat.

Earlier this year, U.S. News spotlighted these three hospitals and two others as among the best in Central Texas. Seton Medical Center Williamson was ranked No. 5 and deemed high performing in nephrology. Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas was among just 89 children’s hospitals that made the U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals list in at least one specialty.

This recognition comes as Seton Healthcare Family is reshaping the delivery of health care to meet Central Texas’ future needs. Seton Austin, UMC Brackenridge, Dell Children’s and Seton Shoal Creek Hospital are teaching hospitals partnering closely with Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, scheduled to open in 2016. Seton is building a new teaching hospital, Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, next door to the medical school. It will replace UMC Brackenridge in 2017.

Expansion of academic medicine and research will foster medical innovation in Central Texas; train more physicians in the face of a local doctor shortage; and create thousands of new jobs and economic growth in the region.