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Spokane hospital receives national recognition for heart surgery

July 15, 2016

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center rated among top 1.2 percent of hospitals in country performing adult cardiac surgery

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Spokane, Wash.—The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has awarded its highest overall rating of three stars to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center for all three categories of adult cardiac surgery; isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR), and procedures involving both coronary artery bypass and aortic valve (AVR+CABG).

Based on 2015 data, Sacred Heart Medical Center is one of only 12 hospitals in the nation to receive three stars in all three areas of adult cardiac surgery. This places it among the top 1.2 percent of hospitals in the nation.

“What this means for patients who need cardiac surgery is that they can be assured of receiving the best possible care from surgeons and care providers who have the experience and track record among the best in the country,” says Steven Nisco, M.D., cardiovascular/thoracic surgeon with Providence Northwest Heart & Lung Surgical Associates. “Residents in our region are very fortunate to have this level of quality and compassionate care,” he says.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons developed the comprehensive rating system to evaluate the quality of adult cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country, using results from its database which represents 92 percent of heart surgeries in the United States and more than a thousand hospitals.

STS grades hospitals on patient outcomes and on use of recommended procedures and medications. The cases analyzed for this rating involve adult patients (18 or older) who underwent isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR), and procedures involving both coronary artery bypass and aortic valve (AVR +CABG) surgeries.

Here’s what the three ratings assigned by STS mean:

  • 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.

For more information about the STS National Database, go to sts.org/national-database.

About Sacred Heart Medical Center

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital is the second largest in Washington State, with 657 licensed beds. In addition to a 161-bed Children's Hospital—with more than 90 pediatric sub-specialists and a Level IV NICU—the Medical Center features comprehensive cardiac programs, a robotic center for minimally invasive surgery, a certified Stroke Center, inpatient psychiatric care and more. The only Level II Trauma Center in the Inland Northwest, Sacred Heart boasts many services often only found in university settings, including a heart, kidney and pancreas transplant program; a world-class research department, residency programs and more. Its service area extends to about 1.7 million people. It is part of Providence Health Care, the Eastern Washington region of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry committed to providing for the needs of the communities it serves – especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. (www.shmc.org)