St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's
third-largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas,
including seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers,
and two freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

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St. David's Medical Center (512) 476-7111
St. David's North Austin (512) 901-1000
St. David's South Austin (512) 447-2211
St. David's Round Rock (512) 341-1000
St. David's Georgetown (512) 943-3000
St. David's Rehabilitation (512) 544-5100
Heart Hospital of Austin (512) 407-7000

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Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David's Medical Center Staffers Earn Highest Honor by Heart Rhythm Society

AUSTIN, Texas—In May 2011, three staff members of the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David’s Medical Center earned the highest honor by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) at the 2011 HRS conference in San Francisco. TCAI staff members inducted as Fellows of the HRS were Barbara Thomas, R.N., director of electrophysiology services at TCAI; Rong Bai, M.D., researcher at TCAI; and Luigi Di Biase, M.D., Ph.D., senior researcher at TCAI.

“This distinction is a great honor,” said Barbara Thomas, R.N. “Dr. Bai, Dr. Di Biase and I join the ranks of the world’s most respected electrophysiologists by becoming TCAI research Fellows.”

The HRS is the international leader in science, education and advocacy for cardiac arrhythmia professionals and patients, and the primary information resource on heart rhythm disorders. Its mission is to improve the care of patients by promoting research, education and optimal health care policies and standards.

Fellowship in the HRS is bestowed upon the most esteemed members of the society for “significant achievements, service and prominence in the field of cardiac arrhythmia.” Fellows are elected by a vote and must receive letters of support from two current Fellows. Candidates must be active in HRS committees, hold certifications in their specialty and have contributed to or written at least five publications, two of which must be in peer-reviewed journals.

Andrea Natale, M.D., F.H.R.S., F.A.C.C., F.E.S.C., cardiac electrophysiologist and executive medical director of TCAI, and J. David Burkhardt, M.D., F.H.R.S., F.A.C.C., cardiac electrophysiologist at TCAI, are also Fellows of the HRS.

Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center
Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center
(TCAI) is one of the world’s preeminent centers dedicated to the latest treatment advances for correcting abnormal heart rhythms such as Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib). The center is led by Executive Medical Director Andrea Natale, M.D., a world-renowned expert in the field. Natale is at the forefront of advancing treatment for A Fib, leading numerous clinical trials and participating in the development of new technologies and procedures. For more information, please visit

St. David’s Medical Center
St. David’s Medical Center, located at 919 East 32nd Street off of IH35, is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas. Founded in 1924, St. David’s Medical Center includes a 350-bed, acute care hospital, and a dedicated rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. St. David’s Medical Center is home to the acclaimed Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute; the renowned NeuroTexas Institute (including the TIA Center for Stroke Prevention and designation as a Primary Stroke Center); high-level women’s services with Level I, II and III nurseries; a Bariatric Center of Excellence; the Breast Center; orthopedic services; and a 24-hour emergency department. In 2011, for the second consecutive year, St. David’s Medical Center was named to the list of 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. For more information, please visit

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