Only 2.4 Percent of Hospitals Recognized for Top Quality in Bypass and Valve Surgery
May 6, 2013 -- The Valley Heart and Vascular Institute’s cardiac surgery program has once again received the highest designation of quality -- a three-star rating -- by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for coronary artery bypass procedures and aortic valve replacements. The current designation, a recognition of quality and clinical excellence, covers the time period of January 1, 2012-December 31, 2012 for coronary artery bypass surgery, and January 1, 2010-December 31, 2012 for aortic valve surgery.
This prestigious designation was conferred as part of a comprehensive rating system that compares the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. Nationwide, less than 15 percent of cardiac surgery programs received a three-star rating for bypass procedures, only 6 percent received a three-star rating for aortic valve replacement, and only 2.4 percent received a three-star rating in both categories.
“This three-star designation is just further evidence that patients who undergo cardiac surgery at Valley receive outstanding clinical care along with the wonderful caring environment that we are known for,” says Alex Zapolanski, M.D., Director of Cardiac Surgery. “The three-star rating conferred by the STS, a society of heart surgery specialists, is widely regarded by clinicians as the gold standard by which to evaluate cardiac surgery programs.”
For a free copy of Valley’s Cardiac Surgery Outcomes brochure, please call 201-291-6330.