The year 2018 created many opportunities for Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA) to celebrate! We are enjoying a positive shift in our culture as we continue to have more nurses join us than leave. In fact, our nursing turnover rate has dropped from 15.6 to 12.3 percent! We are also reigniting our Magnet journey with strong leadership from you, our bedside heroes. Your dedication and commitment to excellence has provided countless opportunities for nurses to become engaged and transform our practice to further improve patient care. Rest assured, your voices are being heard and are guiding the work at SMCA as we reconnect with our mission and the community we serve. We honor you and look forward to becoming the employer of choice for Central Texas nurses.
Donna Beecroft, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
SMCA Quick Facts
|*Does not include physicians|
|Patient Days: 91,602||Deliveries: 4,780|
|Average Daily Census: 250.96||Neonatal ICU Days: 10,662|
|Average Length of Stay: 4.79||Open Heart Cases: 343|
|ER Visits: 32,994||Employees*: 2,161|
|Outpatient Visits: 88,397||Licensed Beds: 524|
|Inpatient Surgical Visits: 5,224||BSN or Higher Rate: 74.45%|
|Outpatient Surgical Visits: 7,823||Certification Rate: 28.00%|
|Registered Nurses: 1, 053|
Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin’s 5th and 6th Floors Earn Zero Hero Award
In September of 2018, two of the acute care units at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA) won the exciting new “Zero Hero” award for excelling in the battle against hospital-acquired infections.
Creating Hope with “Sixty-Five Roses”
It’s no exaggeration to say that nurses at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA) treat their patients like family. When a longtime patient was preparing to relocate to another city for a possible lung transplant, he confided in his nurse, Megan Sconzert, BSN, RN, that he was nervous and scared.
Turnover-Time Teamwork at SMCA Surgical Services
Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA) has 26 Operating Rooms (OR) and approximately 50-60 surgeries on the schedule each week day. One common metric used to measure OR efficiency is turn-over-time, the time from when one surgeon’s patient leaves the OR and goes to recovery to the time the surgeon’s next patient is rolled into the OR (commonly referred to as “wheels out to wheels in”).