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How does North Texas fair in Healthgrades’ Hospital Excellence Awards?

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Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals, analyzed 4,500 acute care hospitals for clinical quality, outcomes, and patient experience in their  2019 Report to the Nation, as well as the 2019 National Health Index, a study analyzing which cities are doing healthcare well.

North Texas didn’t stand out overall, though several hospitals received awards for various procedures. See how Texas cities ranked in the National Health Index ranking of all cities nationwide as well as metropolitan areas over 1 million below. The ratings are based on access to healthcare, healthy lifestyles, hospital quality, and the availability of local specialists.

Top 100 cities

  • 69- Wichita Falls
  • 76- Austin
  • 96- Dallas

Top 50 Large Cities

  • 37- Austin
  • 42- Dallas

Healthgrades also ranked area hospitals by dozens of surgeries and operations, as well as overall patient safety and patient satisfaction. The report analyzes the performance of around 4,500 hospitals nationwide and measures mortality and complication rates. Overall, the report found that patients are more likely to turn to the internet first for healthcare questions, that shared decision making improves outcomes, and that digital interventions such as apps and wearables are improving health outcomes.

The hospital rankings are fairly comprehensive, allowing potential patients to see how local facilities scored on everything from heart failures to hip replacements. Explore the rankings here.