Curious consumers start to see more hospital data
AUSTIN, Texas — The flagship hospitals of Central Texas' two largest health systems tout their national certification to provide advanced care to stroke patients. They highlight the designation when marketing their services, and local ambulances know to deliver stroke patients to them.
But a statewide comparison of local hospital performance has a piece of information consumers might want to know: Stroke patients at Seton Medical Center Austin and St. David's Medical Center had more deaths than the Texas average, according to 2009 data, the most recent available from the Texas Health Care Information Collection. Officials at both hospitals said they have put more emphasis on stroke care, including hiring an expert at Seton and beefing up patient education at St. David's.
Information from Associated Press