February 03, 2021
INVERNESS, FL (Feb. 3, 2021) – The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has again awarded Citrus Memorial Hospital its highest possible three-star rating, demonstrating high-quality outcomes for open heart surgery procedures. The distinguished rating was awarded for Citrus Memorial Hospital’s patient care and outcomes in Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR) combined with Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) procedures. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places Citrus Memorial Hospital among the elite for heart surgery in the United States and Canada. The hospital is one of only two recipients in the state of Florida.
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons Dr. Peter Kim and Dr. Bao Hoang credit the hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center caregivers for making the achievement a reality. “They provide consistent support and dedication in making our surgical program one of the best in the nation,” said Kim. Hoang agreed, “This is due in large part to the dedicated staff and surgeons at Citrus Memorial who treat our patients like family members. We pride ourselves in bringing the most advanced technology to our community in a safe fashion, but we wouldn’t be continually recognized without the exceptional team of caregivers who ensure our patients receive the best possible care.”
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 4%–7% of participants receive the three-star rating for AVR+CABG surgery. The latest analysis of data for AVR plus CABG surgery covers a three-year period, from July 2017 to June 2020.
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).