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


us_news_image428size (1)Ascension 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.

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

Ascension 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.

Ascension 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. Ascension 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 Ascension Seton is reshaping the delivery of health care to meet Central Texas’ future needs. Ascension Seton Austin, UMC Brackenridge, Dell Children’s and Ascension 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. Ascension Seton is building a new teaching hospital, Dell Ascension 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.