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Published on February 08, 2018

Cone Health Earns Top Rating in Three Major Heart Categories

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons award their highest measure of excellence to Cone Health.

Cone Health has earned three-star ratings from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) in three major categories. The stars are based on the care provided and how well heart patients do as a result.

Triad Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons of Greensboro – a Cone Health Medical Group practice – performs the surgeries.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons ranked three types of major heart care:

“This recognition is a reflection of the high-quality care and teamwork we provide every heart patient,” says Cone Health Heart and Vascular Surgery Vice President Rich Lundy. “AVRs and CABGs are highly complex procedures. This rating shows we not only do them well, but that we excel at them.”

Of the participating programs agreeing to have their data reported publically, Cone Health is the only one in North Carolina to receive the three-star rating for AVR+CABG during the July 2014 to June 2017 period. Historically, 5 to 7 percent of participants nationwide receive the three-star rating for AVR+CABG surgery.

The three-star rating for CABG is for July 2016 to June 2017. The AVR rating is for July 2014 to June 2017. More than 1,000 participating cardiothoracic surgery programs take part in the STS Public Reporting Online program.

The STS star rating system is a sophisticated and highly regarded overall measure of quality in health care. It rates the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs in the United States and Canada. The star rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

“The Society of Thoracic Surgeons congratulates STS National Database participants who have received three-star ratings,” said David M. Shahian, MD, chair of the STS Council on Quality, Research and Patient Safety. “Participation in the Database and public reporting demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in health care delivery and provides patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about health care.”

The STS established the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. This national database houses approximately 6.3 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 3,700 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists from more than 90 percent of hospitals that perform heart surgery in the U.S.

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