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Awards & Accolades
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital

Patient-centered focus and quality care

Our founding principles of compassion, honesty, transparency and—above all else—patient-centered care, guide us as an institution. Being recognized by local, regional and national organizations for these attributes brings a credibility and prestige to our hospital that you can count on. We also have a growing number of certifications and accreditations. A list of our most recent heart and vascular awards and accolades are noted below.

Our patient-centered focus and quality care are sustained through the compassion and dedication displayed by our tireless team of nurses and other staff members, as well as the physicians on our medical staff. We are proud to announce the hospital has been recognized three times by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the Magnet® Recognition Program.

Just 452 US healthcare organizations out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition, and approximately 34% of the Magnet-recognized organizations that have attempted three or more designations have been successful.


Recent awards


US News

In its 2020-2021 "America's Best Hospitals" list, U.S. News & World Report recognized Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas and rated the hospital as high performing in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, was rated high performing in Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery and Congestive Heart Failure.

Mission Lifeline

The hospital received Gold-Plus recognitions as a STEMI Receiving Center and Gold for NSTEMI care, as outlined by the American Heart Association’s quality indicators for patients who have had a severe heart attack. The hospital met specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment of patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 5-Star Quality Rating

Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital once again received a 5-Star rating in the most recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website listing. Five stars is the highest attainable rating in the report. CMS created the 5-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing healthcare organizations more easily and to help identify areas where patients and families might wish to ask questions.

Leapfrog Group "A" for Patient Safety in Spring 2020

The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the US healthcare system. The Leapfrog Group assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas was assigned an "A" rating for this time period for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients. This is the ninth consecutive "A" grade for the hospital. According to the Leapfrog Group’s information, “Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade have achieved the highest safety standards in the country.”

Joint Commission Accreditation 2017

Joint Commission standards address the organization's level of performance in key functional areas, such as patient rights, patient treatment and infection control. The standards focus not simply on an organization's ability to provide safe, high-quality care, but on its actual performance as well. Standards set forth performance expectations for activities that affect the safety and quality of patient care.

Magnet Award for "Excellence in Nursing Services"

Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas has been recognized for nursing excellence and outstanding patient care with ANCC Magnet Recognition®, an international distinction for excellence in nursing services from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This award acknowledges the patient-centered focus and quality care delivered by our nurses, physicians on our medical staff and other staff members—a recognition given to only 7% of the hospitals in the United States. Nurses throughout Magnet® recognized organizations are involved in Shared Governance through several formalized councils and committees.

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Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) 3-Star Rating

Cardiac surgery performed at Baylor University Medical Center received 3-Stars—the highest possible rating—for isolated coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures. This is the third consecutive recognition period that the program has received three stars and is ranked in the top 10% in the nation by STS for FY20.

Highest star rating from the 2020 Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) Participation Awards

Announced in marzo 2020, through the participation of the Vascular Quality Initiative®Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas received the 2019 VQI Participation Award with a 3-Star rating, the highest “star rating” from the VQI. This is the fourth consecutive year the hospital has received 3-Star recognition.

Gold Seal Accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR)

The cardiac magnetic resonance imaging program and the cardiac computed tomography program at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas were awarded Gold Seal Accreditation by the American College of Radiology. The MRI Accreditation Program evaluates staff qualifications, quality control, MR safety policies and image quality. Similarly, the CT Accreditation Program evaluates imaging services’ quality and patient safety.

Accreditation of Echocardiography and Vascular Testing from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)

The IAC grants accreditation only to facilities that provide quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process, including detailed case study review. Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas is accredited in both echocardiography and vascular testing by the IAC.

Women’s Choice Award – America’s Best Hospital for Heart Care

The hospital is one of 399 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for heart care in the US by the Women’s Choice Award (WCA). Earning the WCA heart care award signifies that the hospital is in the top 8% of 4,910 US hospitals offering heart care services and Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital fell in the top 2% of recipients.

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) Certified

Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas and Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Fort Worth received a three-year certification for their cardiac rehab programs. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award

Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain MI Registry for two consecutive years (2018 and 2019) and performed at the highest level for specific performance measures to receive this 2020 award.

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