June 9, 2011

Providence Hospitals Heart Program Again Rated in Top 10% Nationally

Providence Heart & Vascular Institute has again been recognized for its quality outcomes. For the ninth consecutive rating period, the Institute has received a “3 star” rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), which denotes the highest category of quality.

The rating places Providence Heart and Vascular Institute among the top 10% of 1000 heart programs in the nation. Providence has received the “3 star” rating since the inception of the comprehensive rating system developed by STS in 2006 that allows for comparisons regarding the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals in the United States.

“We are pleased that in the analysis of national data, Providence remains in the highest quality tier,” says Dr. E. “Mac” Leppard, one of Providence Hospital’s cardiac surgeons.

“The experience and outcomes of our heart program can’t be matched thanks to our highly-skilled and dedicated heart team,” says Providence President and CEO George Zara. “The consistency by which our heart team earns this exceptional rating places Providence in an elite group of heart programs not only in South Carolina but in the nation. We will continue to focus on achieving the best results for our patients.”

About Providence Heart & Vascular Institute

Providence Heart & Vascular Institute, often called “South Carolina’s Heart Hospital,” is a referral center widely recognized for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Since the Heart Institute opened in 1974, the staff at Providence has performed more cardiovascular procedures than any other medical team in the state.

Providence Hospitals is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System (SCHS) in Cleveland, Ohio.  SCHS is a diverse family of ministries which includes elder care, educational human services, grantmaking foundations, and state-of-the-art Catholic hospitals and health care facilities.  It is committed to Christ’s healing ministry, and focuses most deeply on the needs of the underserved and those living in poverty.

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