For Fourth Year in Row, Seton Austin Ranked No. 1 in Austin Metro Area in Annual U.S. News Hospital Rankings


AUSTIN, Texas – (May 20, 2015) – For the fourth year in a row, Seton Medical Center Austin is rated No. 1 among 34 acute care hospitals for adults in the Austin metro area on U.S. News & World Report‘s highly regarded list of Best Hospitals for 2015-16, the magazine announced this morning.

Seton Austin also was one of just 34 U.S. hospitals to earn high performing ratings in handling five common surgical procedures and chronic conditions: heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure.

University Medical Center Brackenridge tied for the No.2 ranking in the Austin area and Seton Medical Center Williamson and Seton Northwest Hospital tied for No. 5. This follows an earlier announcement that a fifth Seton hospital – Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas – 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 Central Texas’ future needs. Seton Austin, UMC Brackenridge, Dell Children’s and Seton Shoal Creek Hospital, Central Texas’ nonprofit mental health hospital, will partner closely with Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, which is being built alongside Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, a new teaching hospital being 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 a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health care system.

“Seton is focused on personalized care – treating all people with dignity and respect while continuing to provide the best care possible,” said Dr. Rhett Reed, president of Seton Healthcare Family’s medical staff. “Interprofessional collaboration is critical, and we are committed to fostering it throughout the Seton Healthcare Family.”

Seton Austin also 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. It also earned a high overall performance rating for treating heart failure.

When compared to more than 600 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 U.S. News. 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 nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 medical specialties. Just 144 are nationally ranked in at least one medical specialty.

The complete rankings and methodology are available online.