Citrus Memorial Hospital
December 16, 2021

Citrus Memorial Hospital has earned two distinguished three-star ratings from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in both isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures and aortic valve replacement (AVR) combined with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). The three-star ratings, which denote the highest category of quality, place Citrus Memorial Hospital among the elite for CABG and AVR+CABG surgeries in the United States and Canada.

The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across 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.

Historically, approximately 6-10% of participants receive a three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery and 4-7% receive the three-star rating for AVR+CABG surgery. The latest analysis of data covers a three-year period, from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021.

“It’s no secret that our cardiac team is one of the best in the country,” said Citrus Memorial Hospital CEO Ginger Carroll. “These caregivers consistently show an unwavering conviction to providing first-class, innovative care to our community members and some of our most critical patients.”

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

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The Database includes four components: the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD), and the mechanical circulatory support database (Intermacs). The STS ACSD houses approximately 6.9 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 3,800 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists from more than 90% of groups that perform heart surgery in the US. STS public reporting online enables STS ACSD participants to voluntarily report to each other and the public their heart surgery scores and star ratings.

About STS

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 7,300 surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. The Society’s mission is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.