Southwest General receives three stars—the highest designation for
Middleburg Hts., OH
(Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017) – Southwest General has earned a distinguished three-star rating
from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes
in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures. The three-star
rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places Southwest
General among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the U.S. and Canada.
Per the STS, the star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and
highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the
benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the U.S.
and Canada. The star rating is calculated using a combination of quality
measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery
Historically, approximately 10-15 percent of participants receive the three-star
rating for isolated CABG surgery. The latest analysis of data for CABG
surgery covers a one-year period, from July 2015 through June 2016.
“This rating is yet another validation of the high quality of cardiac
surgical care provided at Southwest General,” said William A. Young,
Jr., president and chief executive officer, Southwest General. “Our
coronary artery bypass surgery program has long been focused on delivering
the best care possible to our patients in a convenient, accessible community
location. With the STS rating, patients and their families can rest assured
that they have an objective evaluation of the heart care available here.”
The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for
quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons.
The Database includes three components:
- Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD)
- Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD)
- General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD)
The STS ACSD houses more than six million surgical records and gathers
information from more than 3,600 participating physicians, including surgeons
and anesthesiologists from more than 90 percent of groups that perform
heart surgery in the U.S. STS public reporting online enables STS ACSD
participants to voluntarily report to each other and the public their
heart surgery scores and star ratings.
“The Society of Thoracic Surgeons congratulates STS National Database
participants who have received three-star ratings,” said David M.
Shahian, MD, chair of the STS council on Quality, Research and Patient
Safety. “Participation in the Database and public reporting demonstrates
a commitment to quality improvement in health care delivery and helps
provide patients and their families with meaningful information to help
them make informed decisions about health care.”
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization
that represents more than 7,400 surgeons, researchers, and allied health
care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible
outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung and esophagus as well as other
surgical procedures within the chest. The Society’s mission is to
enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest
quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.
About Southwest General
Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 350-bed acute care facility
located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General
is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art
technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized
care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities
it serves. For more information, visit swgeneral.com or find Southwest
General on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
[*User note: An STS National Database “Participant” is a cardiothoracic
surgeon or group of cardiothoracic surgeons who agree to submit case records
for analysis and comparison with benchmarking data for quality improvement
initiatives. At the option of the surgeon or surgical group, the Participant
can include a hospital and/or associated anesthesiologists (ACSD and CHSD).]