June 8, 2012

Better outcomes place Providence Hospitals cardiovascular surgery program in top tier since 2006

Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, has again been recognized for its quality outcomes. For the eleventh consecutive rating period, Providence Heart and Vascular Institute has received a “3 star” rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).

Approximately 14% of heart programs received a 3-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality. 

Providence has received the “3 star” rating since the inception of the comprehensive STS rating system in 2006 that allows for comparisons regarding the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals in the U.S.

“From the conception of our heart program in 1974, we have been committed to two main goals—to deliver the highest quality cardiac care and for that care to be available to all South Carolina residents,” said Dr. Edward “Mac” Leppard, one of five Providence Hospitals’ Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgeons. “We are pleased that we have once again demonstrated our commitment to these goals and are eager to share with people that there is a quality heart program in Columbia that stands up to any other program in the nation.”
The STS is a worldwide not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, 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.

One of those data points is a former patient whose heart catheterization found a "widow maker" with over 95% of the arteries blocked and as a result experienced Providence Heart&Vascular Institute’s open-heart surgery program first hand.
“We are still amazed that I checked into Providence and had surgery on Friday and had rebounded enough to go home on Monday, just three days after the surgery,” Chuck Klotz, a former patient, recalls. “Words cannot adequately describe the care I received by all at Providence Hospital. Five years later, I have followed their recommendations, lost 30 pounds since the surgery and managed to stay healthy in spite of a family history of heart disease.”

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