Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute recently received the highest possible rating, three stars, from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Only 10 of the STS’s 117 participating programs received three-stars in the Fall 2015 STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database Feedback Report. The three-star rating is awarded
for excellence in cardiac surgery outcomes in a four-year period from 2011-2015.
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 considerably higher than the national average – especially in the most complex like the Norwood procedure – according to the STS report.
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