Consumer Reports Lauds SMH Cardiac Surgery Program



Sarasota Memorial Hospital has been rated among the nation’s top-performing hospitals for cardiac surgery in the July issue of Consumer Reports. Only 18 of nearly 500 hospitals evaluated earned top scores from Consumer Reports in both valve replacement and bypass surgery, the two most common types of heart surgery. The national consumer guide used 2016-2017 data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) adult cardiac surgery database for analysis and benchmarking purposes. The rating reflects a hospital’s performance in key quality measures, including survival rates (percentage of patients who leave a hospital and survive at least 30 days after surgery) and complications (percentage of patients who avoid the most serious complications). In the latest STS release in January 2018, Sarasota Memorial was also one of just three hospitals to earn the professional organization’s highest 3-Star rating in all five measured adult cardiac surgery procedures: bypass surgery; aortic valve replacement; aortic valve replacement plus bypass surgery; mitral valve replacement/repair; and mitral valve replacement/repair plus bypass surgery. The 3-star ratings, which denote the highest category of quality, place SMH’s cardiac surgery team among the top performers of more than 1,000 cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiac surgery groups voluntarily submitting case records to the STS for quality analysis.

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