Milwaukee, Wis. – Reinforcing its position as a heart health destination, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has awarded Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center its highest possible rating, demonstrating high-quality outcomes for heart procedures.
Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center received a three-star rating in 2015 for the three most common heart surgeries in the United States: coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG); aortic valve replacement surgery (AVR); and combinations of both procedures (AVR+CABG). According to data from the 2015 report, only 1.17 percent of all heart centers in the nation received three stars in all categories.
“To be recognized with a three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a testament to the level of experience and overall focus on quality from the entire heart and vascular team at Aurora St. Luke’s,” said Dr. David Kress, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and Aurora’s Cardiac Quality physician champion. “The rating reinforces to our patients and their families that when they choose Aurora St. Luke’s for their heart-health needs, they’re getting the best possible care.”
The three-star rating system draws on STS’s extensive database that includes more than four million surgical records and covers roughly 90 percent of the more than 1,100 surgical groups in the U.S. that perform cardiac surgeries. The rating system is designed to show how well surgical groups perform in terms of patient survival rates, the absence of complications, and other key metrics.
The accomplishment is especially significant given Aurora St. Luke’s high volume of these procedures. In 2015, the hospital performed more than 900 of these types of surgeries. Volume provides more experience, and the more experienced medical centers like Aurora St. Luke’s also often times receive the most challenging and higher-risk patients, making positive outcomes all the more difficult to achieve.
Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center has been a leader in heart health since the 1960s. The team of experts has pioneered a number of firsts, including:
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