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Awards & Accolades
Baylor Scott y 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


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. As a consistently high-performing program, this recent recognition ranks Baylor Dallas in the top 5% in the nation by STS for julio 1, 2018 - junio 30, 2021. In addition to a 3-Star overall rating, the program received 3-Stars in all rated domains, including absence of mortality, absence of morbidity, use of IMA (internal mammary artery), and medications.

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 the fourth consecutive 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 2% of the hospitals in the United States. In addition to the designation, appraisers noted a total of 12 exemplary efforts. Nurses throughout Magnet® recognized organizations are involved in Shared Governance through several formalized councils and committees.

Fortune and IBM Watson Health's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2022

Baylor University Medical Center, together with Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas, has earned a coveted spot among the "50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2022," according to Fortune and IBM Watson Health. Other Baylor Scott & White hospitals named among the top-performing in the US include Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest in Waco and Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano.

The annual Fortune/IBM 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study spotlights leading short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. The study is designed to identify impartial, actionable and attainable benchmarks for hospital and clinical leaders as they work to raise their own organizations' standards of performance in cardiac care.

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Newsweek's World's Best Specialized Hospitals

Baylor University Medical Center, together with Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas, was recognized for cardiovascular care on the Dallas campus. The Baylor Dallas Department of Cardiology ranked 44 on the international list for heart care. In addition to this ranking, the Baylor Dallas cardiac surgery program ranked 50 for cardiac surgery.

The World's Best Specialized Hospitals 2022 ranks the best hospitals in ten medical fields across the world by surveying tens of thousands of medical professionals (doctors, other healthcare professionals and hospital managers) from across the globe in their field of expertise. The resulting ranking reflects the international reputation for excellence these hospitals have achieved.

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Leapfrog Group "A" for Patient Safety in Fall 2021

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 13th 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.”

U.S. News & World Report

In its 2021-2022 "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, Heart Attack and Heart Failure. Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, was rated high performing in Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery and Heart Failure.

Healthgrades Cardiac and Patient Safety

Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas achieves the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ for our second consecutive year and the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award™. This distinction places Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas among our Nation’s top 10% of hospitals evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular – Dallas also received 5-Stars for Coronary Interventional Procedures, Treatment of Heart Attack and Pacemaker Procedures for the second consecutive year.

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.

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.

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 Patient Safety and Heart Care

Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety and Heart Care by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that the hospital is in the top 1% of 4,542 US hospitals offering heart care and for patient safety in safe surgery practices and lower rates for complications and infections.

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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