May 29, 2013

Providence Heart & Vascular Institute earns highest quality rating for 13th consecutive period

Providence Heart & Vascular Institute has, for the 13th consecutive rating period, received the highest quality rating of “3 stars” from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). This rating is based on empirical clinical information and exhibits the institute’s long-standing reputation of providing high quality outcomes.

Only 15% of heart programs of the more than 1,000 programs reviewed nationally received a 3-star rating. Providence has received the highest rating since the inception of the comprehensive STS rating system in 2006. The measure is based on quality comparisons of cardiac surgery among all hospitals that report data on their outcomes. 94% of all heart programs in the country submitted to this review by STS.

“We live sustained quality at Providence Hospitals every day, which is how we continue to rank as a 3 star program nationally,” said Dr. E. “Mac” Leppard, one of Providence Hospitals’ cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons. “Providence Hospitals and our partners have spent decades building this level of quality and our patients reap the rewards.”

STS is the leading international professional organization for heart surgeons, and is dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for heart, lung and esophagus surgeries, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. Their ranking system and quality measures are based on a database of more than 4.5 million data points.

As the number of health providers has increased over the years, Providence remains a stalwart amongst top rated institutions. The ranking comes one month before the official 75th anniversary of Providence Hospitals downtown campus opening.

Providence Hospitals is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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