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2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ Recipient

Healthgrades Names South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital and Outpatient Center A 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ Recipient

South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital and Outpatient Center among the top 10% in the nation for patient safety for two years in a row (2022-2024)

San Antonio, TX – March 12, 2024 – South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital and Outpatient Center announced today that it has been recognized as a 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipient by Healthgrades, the leading resource consumers use to find a hospital or doctor. This achievement, along with South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital and Outpatient Centers recognition among the Top 5 Hospitals in Texas for Joint Replacement in 2024, reflects their commitment to delivering safe, high-quality care. 

“At South Texas Spine and Surgical Hospital and Outpatient Center, we prioritize your well-being by ensuring you have a positive outcome. Quality and patient safety is at the heart of everything we do. We take pride in both our staff and our culture, this helps ensure continuity of care and a deep understanding of your unique needs. Our commitment to patient safety is unwavering. Our focus is on you and providing you with a safe and exceptional experience.”

– Angie Kauffman, CEO, South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital and Outpatient Center

Healthgrades evaluated risk-adjusted complication and mortality rates for approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide to determine this year’s top-performing hospitals for patient safety. During the 2020-2022 study period, nearly 170,000 potentially preventable safety events occurred among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals, with four patient safety indicators accounting for close to 75% of these incidents.* Healthgrades’ analysis revealed that patients treated in hospitals receiving the 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award have a significantly lower chance of experiencing one of the four leading safety indicators than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals: 

  • In-hospital fall resulting in fracture (approximately 52% less likely)
  • Collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest (approximately 56% less likely)
  • Pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital (approximately 67% less likely)
  • Catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital (approximately 71% less likely)

“South Texas Spine and Surgical Hospital and Outpatient Center has cultivated an outstanding safety culture that prioritizes the well-being of both patients and staff, setting a high standard for patient safety nationwide,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer and head of data science at Healthgrades. “We’re proud to recognize South Texas Spine and Surgical Hospital and Outpatient Center for providing top-quality care while preventing serious injuries to patients during their hospital stay.”

Where you’re treated matters, which is why Healthgrades is committed to providing the most scientifically accurate information about doctors and hospitals–with data insights not available anywhere else. To learn more about how Healthgrades measures hospital quality, visit

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2023.0.1) to MedPAR data from approximately 4,500 hospitals for years 2020 through 2022 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

Dedicated to the principles of compassion and advanced surgical care, South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital and OPC stand as pillars of health and healing within the San Antonio community. Originating from a commitment to address the distinct needs of patients requiring spine, orthopedic, and surgical interventions, our institution has evolved into a comprehensive healthcare hub.

What distinguishes South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital and OPC is our steadfast focus on the patient. We customize every aspect of care to suit individual needs, fostering a holistic and personalized healing experience. Our dedication is evident in the collaboration of expert medical professionals, cutting-edge facilities, and an unwavering commitment to providing world-class healthcare services. As a physician-owned hospital, we take an innovative approach to healthcare, crafting an integrated and holistic journey towards successful surgery, a pleasant hospital stay, and a swift recovery.

Our specialized staff is extensively trained and possesses significant experience in orthopedic, spine, and pain management procedures.

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