Monday, May 27, 2013 - Winchester Medical Center’s Heart Surgery Program Earns Highest Rating for 18 Consecutive Months
Winchester Medical Center has again received a 3-star rating for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), the highest score possible, according to The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has developed a comprehensive rating system for the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. Approximately 12-15% of hospitals with cardiac surgery programs receive the 3-star rating, which denotes the highest category of rankings. In the current analysis of national data covering the period from July 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012, the cardiac surgery program at Winchester Medical Center was found to rank in this highest quality tier, thereby receiving an STS 3-star rating. 

The 3-star rating from STS is based on a composite score built upon 11 individual measurements grouped into four categories:
• avoidance of mortality;
• avoidance of morbidity (percentage of patients who leave hospital with no serious complications such as stroke or kidney failure);
• use of the internal mammary artery from the chest wall during surgery, shown to lead to better results; and,
• use of four prescribed medications following surgery, shown to improve results.

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons and programs. The STS National Database and its quality assessment activities, nationally recognized quality measures, and quality improvement initiatives are built on the foundation of more than 4.5 million surgical records.

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