Three-star rating awarded for exceptional cardiac surgery by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons
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Clay Holtzman, 206-386-2748, firstname.lastname@example.org
SEATTLE — Dec. 17, 2013 — Swedish announced today that its Cardiac Surgery Program has been awarded a “three-star” rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). A longstanding surgical leader in the Pacific Northwest, Swedish earned the top honor in coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG), aortic valve replacement surgery (AVR), as well as simultaneous surgery involving both procedures (AVR/CABG).
Swedish is among only 23 hospitals (or the top 2 percent of hospitals) across the country to achieve these quality metrics. Results are based on clinical outcomes of nearly 1,000 cardiac surgery programs, representing approximately 90 percent of all cardiac surgery centers in the United States.
“We are pleased to receive the STS three-star ratings for our CABG, AVR and AVR/CABG programs. This places Swedish in the top two percent of cardiac surgery programs in the U.S.,” says Glenn R. Barnhart, M.D., chief and executive director for Cardiac Surgical Services at the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute. “The STS’s comprehensive rating system allows individuals and medical practices to compare the quality of cardiac surgery at hospitals across the country. Most importantly, it allows centers to objectively evaluate how they can improve patient care in the future. Our entire team of cardiologists, cardiac anesthesiologists, physician assistants, intensive care nurses and physician specialists, and operating room staff has earned this achievement.”
The STS, a nonprofit professional organization, is widely considered the gold standard of databases for cardiac surgery with more than 4.5 million surgical records.
The annual cardiac surgery rankings assess surgical groups on multiple standards, including compliance with recommended quality measures during surgery, adherence to appropriate medication usage before and after surgery, patient outcomes, the absence of complications and other decisive factors. Programs are rated on a three-star system: one star represents the lowest 1-15 percentile; two star refers to 16-84 percentile; and a three-star rating means the program is in the highest quality 85-99 percentile of centers in the country.
More information about the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute can be found here or by calling (206) 320-7300.
Swedish has grown over the last 103 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. In 2012, Swedish provided more than $130 million in community benefit in Western Washington. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter, or www.twitter.com/swedish.