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News U.S. News & World Report Rankings: Seton Operates Five Top Hospitals in Austin Area

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AUSTIN, Texas - (July 15, 2014) - Seton Medical Center Austin is rated No. 1 among 37 acute care hospitals for adults in the Austin metro area on U.S. News & World Report's highly regarded list of Best Hospitals for 2014-15, the magazine announced today.

University Medical Center Brackenridge tied for the No.2 ranking and Seton Medical Center Williamson and Seton Northwest Hospital tied for No. 5. This follows an earlier announcement that another Seton hospital - Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas - was nationally ranked No. 49 among all U.S. children's hospitals assessed nationwide in the specialty of pediatric urology.

This recognition comes as Seton Healthcare Family is reshaping the delivery of health care to meet the community's future needs. 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 Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, a new teaching hospital to be constructed by Seton. The expansion of academic medicine and research will foster medical innovation in Central Texas and train more physicians in the face of a local doctor shortage.

"Seton is focused on treating all people with dignity and respect while continuing to provide the best care possible," said Dr. Chad Dieterichs, president of Seton Healthcare Family's medical staff. "Interprofessional collaboration is critical, and we are committed to fostering it throughout Seton Healthcare Family."

"Hospitals win awards, but it's the people who work inside them that make a difference," said Yvonne VanDyke, Seton Healthcare Family senior vice president of nursing and the Clinical Education Center. "Quality medical care with a personal touch is our goal, and we will stay focused on providing it to our patients."

Now in its 25th 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. This year, more emphasis was placed on patient safety, said Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor.

Seton Austin was judged to be "high performing" in eight specialties: ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; and pulmonology.

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

Seton Williamson ranked high performing in nephrology. Seton Northwest was deemed high performing in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery.

When compared to 620 acute care hospitals for adults throughout Texas, Seton Austin is ranked No. 12 and UMC Brackenridge tied at No. 31. Seton Williamson and Seton Northwest tied for No. 37.

Dell Children's Medical Center's No. 49 ranking in pediatric urology was among 183 pediatric institutions whose data also was analyzed by RTI international. Just 89 children's hospitals made the U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals list in at least one specialty.

This year, U.S. News assessed 4,806 hospitals in 16 medical specialties. Exactly 725 hospitals are showcased by the magazine and just 144 are nationally ranked in at least one medical specialty.

The complete rankings and methodology are available online.

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