Healthgrades: Nine DFW Hospitals Rank Among the State’s Top 100

Nine Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals were among the top 100 in Texas for quality based on clinical outcomes, according to Healthgrades annual report.

The report examined more than 4,500 U.S. hospitals to gauge performance on outcomes for nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures, such as total knee replacement, stroke and heart failure. The research was based on a three-year review of data from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Hospitals were awarded up to five stars for quality on specific procedures: 5 stars for statistically better than expected performance; 3 stars for statistically expected performance, and 1 star for statistically worse than expected.

The top-ranked location hospital was Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, which earned eight 5-star ratings and ranked 23th in Texas. The only other to rank in the top 50 was Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, which came in at No. 48.

Here’s the full list of North Texas hospitals that ranked among the top 100 statewide:

23. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital

48. Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas

63. Las Colinas Medical Center

76. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton

81. USMD Hospital at Arlington

84. Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine

85. North Texas Hospital in Denton

94. Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth

95. Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, Dallas

96. Baylor Medical Center at Irving

The Healthgrades report also provided an overview of trends across the previous five studies from 2005-2011. Among other things, the study found:

  • Patients treated in hospitals with 5-star ratings have, on average, a 75 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals receiving 1-star, based on risk-adjusted mortality rates for 18 common procedures and diagnoses, such as coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), stroke, and pneumonia.
  • Patients being treated in hospitals receiving 5-stars have, on average, 61 percent lower risk of having a complication than if they were treated by hospitals receiving 1-star for nine common procedures and diagnoses, such as total knee replacement surgery, gallbladder surgery, and spine surgery.
  • From 2005 to 2011, the nation’s average in-hospital risk-adjusted mortality rate improved 22 percent for 16 common procedures and conditions, such as COPD, heart failure and stroke.

From 2009-2011, Texas hospitals performed statistically better in risk-adjusted mortality than the U.S. average for heart failure, stroke, and pneumonia. The state’s hospitals performed statistically worse in risk-adjusted mortality than the U.S. average for heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery and coronary interventional procedures.

Steve Jacob is editor of D Healthcare Daily and author of the new book Health Care in 2020: Where Uncertain Reform, Bad Habits, Too Few Doctors and Skyrocketing Costs Are Taking Us. He can be reached at


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