SOURCE: Missouri Baptist Medical Center

Missouri Baptist Medical Center

September 24, 2013 13:00 ET

Heart Surgery Outcomes Among Best in the Nation at Missouri Baptist Medical Center

Awarded Top 3-Star Rating for Cardiac Bypass and Valve Surgeries

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwired - Sep 24, 2013) - Missouri Baptist's Cardiac Surgery Program received the top rating -- three stars -- from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS.org) for 2012.

As reported on STS.org, Missouri Baptist was the only cardiac surgery program in the state of Missouri to receive the three-star ratings from the STS for both coronary bypass surgery (CABG) and aortic valve replacement (AVR) surgery. STS publicly reports "star ratings" for only CABG and AVR surgeries.

Only 24 hospitals nationwide achieved the distinction of a three-star rating for both surgeries, which reflects the highest level of quality care delivered for these cardiovascular surgical procedures. Of the 994 hospitals reporting data to STS, 14% received a three-star rating for CABG, and 5% scored three-star for AVR surgery.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, a nonprofit organization, is widely considered the "gold standard" of data bases with more than 4.5 million surgical records, representing 94 percent of all adult cardiac surgery centers in the U.S.

"This ranking by the STS has far more impact than that of any other ranking agency since it is a rating analyzed and granted by those most knowledgeable to evaluate the quality of heart surgery," said Cardiac Surgeon Nicholas T. Kouchoukos, MD, senior member of the group and author of the leading textbook on cardiac surgery. 

In 2012, the cardiac surgery program at Missouri Baptist, which performs twice as many cardiac surgeries as the national average, had one of its best years in terms of operative mortality for CABG, achieving a risk-adjusted mortality of only 0.8% compared to a national average of 2.1%. 

"The STS database and ratings help us identify where we can improve and gives us insights on what improvements help patients recover faster," explained Dr. Michael Mauney, cardiac surgeon and author of the group's annual outcomes report published at MissouriBaptist.org/heart. "For example, we focused on reducing our blood transfusions, and our blood utilization has dropped almost 30% in CABG since 2010."

Missouri Baptist, located in St. Louis County, is a member of BJC HealthCare. To find a cardiac specialist call 314-996-LIFE.