Heart Institute earns third-straight STS three-star rating
Le Bonheur Children’s recently received the highest possible three-star rating for the third consecutive time from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Le Bonheur is one of 11 of the STS’s 117 participating programs that received the three-star rating in the Fall 2016 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 semiannually for cardiac surgery outcomes over a four-year period. This month, Consumer Reports used those outcomes and STS ratings to name Le Bonheur Children’s among the best in the country based on surgical outcomes.
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. Le Bonheur publicly reports its heart surgical outcomes on its web site.
“The rating is reflection of our excellence in heart surgery outcomes,” said Christopher Knott-Craig, MD, executive co-director of Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute. “Our program’s average survival rates of the majority of heart surgeries are considerably higher than the national average. We consistently prove to be one of the best places for children needing care for congenital heart disease.”