AUSTIN, July 26, 2022 — 13 hospitals in Central Texas earned 45 of the 2,600 nationwide recognitions awarded by the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® initiative to improve outcomes for Americans who experience heart disease or stroke.

Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the United States, respectively. These health crises require swift and proven treatment to ensure the best outcomes for patients. The American Heart Association, devoted to a world of healthier lives for all, sets the standards for high-quality, science-based care and access that all patients deserve.

“Every 40 seconds, someone in America has a stroke or heart attack,” said Board President Dr. Caitlin Giesler. “Access to high-quality care is something that everyone should have, and the Get With The Guidelines program helps ensure all patients can access high-quality care amid adversity.”

Each year, the American Heart Association recognizes hospitals across the country for consistently following up-to-date, research-based guidelines to ensure all patients have access to lifesaving care.

Travis County had 7 hospitals earn 26 honors in the 2022 awards recognition release including 12 Gold level honors. Hospitals earning recognition were:

  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Pflugerville
  • Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas
  • Heart Hospital of Austin
  • North Austin Medical Center
  • Seton Medical Center Austin
  • South Austin Hospital
  • St. David’s Medical Center

Williamson County had 16 honors and eight Gold level awards spread amongst five hospitals in the county. Those hospitals include:

  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Round Rock
  • Cedar Park Regional Medical Center
  • Round Rock Medical Center
  • Seton Medical Center Williamson
  • St. David’s Georgetown Hospital

In Hays County, Ascension Seton Hays earned three stroke awards including a Gold level stroke award.

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