Ascension Seton Operates Top Hospitals in Austin Metro Area, According to U.S. News & World Report

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AUSTIN, Texas – (July 16, 2013)  Ascension Seton Medical Center AustinUniversity Medical Center Brackenridge and Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson are the top three among 33 acute care hospitals for adults in the Austin metro area on U.S. News & World Report’shighly regarded list of Best Hospitals for 2013-14, the magazine announced today.

Tied at No. 4 is Ascension Seton Northwest Hospital. And in June, another Ascension Seton hospital – Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas – was nationally ranked No. 41 among all U.S. children’s hospitals assessed nationwide in the specialty of pediatric urology.

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This recognition comes as Ascension Seton is reshaping the delivery of health care to meet the community’s future needs. Ascension Seton Austin, UMC Brackenridge and Dell Children’s will partner closely with Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, which will be built over the next several years alongside a new teaching hospital operated by Ascension Seton. The expansion of academic medicine and research will bring more innovative treatment to Central Texas.

“The best and brightest physicians around have built a great health care network and a solid foundation as Ascension Seton continues to provide top-rated care for all of Central Texas,” said Dr. Chad Dieterichs, president of Ascension Ascension Seton’s medical staff. “And with the new medical school that is coming, Ascension Seton doctors who have built this medical community have the opportunity to train new doctors who will keep it prospering, continuing to provide the best services to all patients.”

“When you have great employees embrace person-centered care and build toward becoming a high-reliability organization, accolades such as these tend to follow,” said Joyce Batcheller, Ascension Seton senior vice president and network chief nursing officer. “Investments made in inter-professional teamwork and a strong professional practice environment allow our staff to provide great care.”

Now in its 24th year, the U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or added risk because of other health problems or age. This list is highly regarded by health care professionals and academic researchers and frequently cited in scholarly investigations.

“Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as being among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro area rankings.

Ascension Seton Austin was judged to be “high performing” in nine specialties: cardiology and heart surgery; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; and pulmonology.

UMC Brackenridge is high performing in three specialties: nephrology, orthopedics and pulmonology, the magazine concluded. UMC Brackenridge is managed by Ascension Seton for Central Health, Travis County’s health care district.

Ascension Seton Williamson ranked high performing in nephrology and pulmonology. Ascension Seton Northwest was deemed high performing in nephrology.

When compared to all 624 acute care hospitals for adults throughout Texas, Ascension Seton Austin is ranked No. 11, UMC Brackenridge No. 29, Ascension Seton Williamson No. 33 and Ascension Seton Northwest tied for No. 40.

Dell Children’s Medical Center’s No. 41 ranking in pediatric urology was among 179 pediatric institutions whose data also was analyzed by RTI international. Just 87 children’s hospitals made the U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals list in at least one specialty.

This year, U.S. News assessed nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 medical specialties. More than 720 hospitals are showcased by the magazine and just 147 are nationally ranked in at least one medical specialty.

The complete rankings and methodology are available online.