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Heart Institute one of 10 best national programs

Published On 02/08/2016

Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute recently received the highest possible three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Only 10 of the STS’s 117 participating programs received a three-star rating in the Fall 2015 STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database Feedback Report.

The STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database compiles data from pediatric heart programs across the country and publishes surgical outcome information twice a year. Participating programs receive a one- to three-star rating semi-annually. The ratings are based on STS’s mortality risk model, which takes into account the hospital’s number of actual mortalities versus expected mortalities for a certain illness or condition. The average survival rates for the majority of heart surgeries at Le Bonheur are higher than the national average – especially in the most complex like the Norwood procedure – according to the STS report.