With more than 110 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes six of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. Known for compassionate, high-quality care, in 2014, the organization was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership. It has also been recognized with the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Texas based upon world-class quality measures. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 8,700 employees. Elizabeth Christian Public Relations has handled all media relations—both proactive and reactive crisis communications—for St. David’s HealthCare for more than a dozen years.