November 25, 2014

Providence Hospitals receives top rating from Society of Thoracic Surgeons for 16th time in a row

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has awarded its highest overall rating of three stars to Providence Hospitals for the 16th time in a row. Providence has now received the highest rating for every six-month reporting period since STS began giving the recognition with 2006 data. In the latest round, only 12 to 15 percent of hospitals participating received the three-star overall rating.

The cases analyzed for the ratings involved adult patients (18 or older) who underwent coronary artery bypass surgery at an STS-participating hospital between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

The society’s Adult Cardiac Surgery Database contains active participants from all 50 states and several other countries, with 989 providers contributing data to the STS data warehouse for the purposes of the most recent comparison.

Hospitals are graded on patient outcomes, and on use of recommended procedures and medications.

  • One star denotes participant performance that is significantly lower than the STS mean.
  • Two stars denote performance that is not statistically different from the mean.
  • Three stars recognize performance that is significantly higher than the STS mean, and represents the highest category of quality.

“This rating says a great deal about the superior quality of care we provide at Providence,” said Edward M. Leppard, M.D., one of Providence Hospitals’ cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons. “It says even more that we have received it every time the STS has issued its ratings. These numbers represent thousands of patients since 2006 who are alive and experiencing a good quality of life after having bypass surgery at Providence.”

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

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