Ascension Seton Ranked #1 Hospital in Austin – US News


smca-_mg_9081Deemed “high performing” in eight specialties when compared to other American hospitals for adults, Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA) earned the U.S. News & World Report’s No. 1 ranking for the fifth straight year in communities stretching from Round Rock to San Marcos.

This highly regarded list of Best Hospitals for 2015-16 placed SMCA tops among 33 Austin metro area facilities and No. 12 among more than 600 Texas hospitals. SMCA is also among just 29 Texas hospitals that met U.S. News’ highest standards.

Ascension Seton is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

SMCA was deemed high performing in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair; treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); colon cancer surgery; gastroenterology & gastrointestinal (GI) surgery; heart failure treatment; hip replacements; knee replacements; and lung cancer surgery.

Five other Ascension Seton hospitals also won plaudits from U.S. News. Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock and Ascension Seton Northwest Hospital in Austin were ranked high performing for treating both COPD and heart failure.

Ascension Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle was deemed high performing for COPD, and University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin earned a high performing rating for treating heart failure.

Previously in rating American children’s hospitals, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas was ranked No. 49 nationally by U.S. News in the specialty of pediatric orthopedics.

“Many of the best and brightest physicians in our community share responsibility for these accolades, supported by teams of great Ascension Seton associates,” said Dr. Dave Martin, chief medical officer for Ascension’s Texas Ministry who previously was Ascension Seton Austin’s vice president of medical affairs. “Ascension Seton hospitals will only rise in stature in the years ahead after we open Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas in 2017 and build upon our relationships with UT’s Dell Medical School.”

“Hospitals win awards, but it’s the dedicated people inside them who make a difference,” said Yvonne VanDyke, MSN, RN, Ascension Seton’s chief nursing officer, said. “These awards are the result of the patient-centered, clinically effective care provided by our nurses and other clinical staff.”

Now in its 27th year, U.S. News analyzed data from nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals concerning medical specialties, procedures and conditions. Its annual hospital rankings are based on methodologies that include objective measurements such as patient survival, number of patients treated, incidences of infection and adequacy of nurse staffing. This year, adjustments were made to account for the socioeconomic mix of those treated so hospitals were not negatively impacted for providing care to large numbers of low-income patients.

“We strive to provide patients with the highest-quality information on hospitals available,” said Ben Harder, U.S. News chief of health analysis, said. “Driving for broader transparency and evaluating hospitals in a comprehensive, fair way reflects that mission.”

Complete rankings and information on the methodology used is available online. Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Founded as weekly news magazine in 1933, today provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 37 million people visit the website monthly, according to U.S. News.

Ascension Seton Medical Center Austinabdominal aortic aneurysm repair

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

colon cancer surgery

gastroenterology & gastrointestinal (GI) surgery

heart failure treatment

hip replacements

knee replacements

lung cancer surgery
Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamsonchronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

heart failure treatment
Ascension Seton Northwest Hospitalchronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

heart failure treatment
Ascension Seton Medical Center Hayschronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
University Medical Center Brackenridgeheart failure treatment