UPMC Heart Institute earns Elite Three-Star Ratings for cardiac surgery

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HARRISBURG- The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute in Central Pa. has received the highest possible three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) in three of five patient care and outcomes categories, including:

  • Isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG),
  • Combined coronary artery bypass grafting and aortic valve replacement (AVR+CABG)
  • Isolated Mitral Valve (MVRR) Replacement/Repair

The three-star rating, which indicates the highest quality category, places the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute in Central Pa. among the elite for adult cardiac surgery in the United States and Canada. The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute in Central Pa has maintained a 3-star STS rating in several categories for the past decade.

“STS’s three-star ratings are among the most prestigious quality indicators for hospitals offering open heart surgery,” said David Loran MD, chief of cardiovascular surgery, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at Central Pa. “Our team is committed to excellence and committed to providing patient-centered care that extends beyond the operating room. These values ​​have made the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute a national leader in cardiovascular care. We are committed to providing high-quality care and continually strive to improve outcomes for our patients in central Pennsylvania and beyond.

According to STS data, approximately 4 to 8 percent of participants receive a three-star rating for AVR+CABG surgery and approximately 20 percent of hospital participants receive a three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery.

The STS is the world’s premier clinical registry for cardiac surgery and contains data from more than 1,000 cardiac surgical institutions representing approximately six million records. Participation in the STS registry reflects UPMC’s commitment to improving care for cardiac surgery patients. The STS Star Rating System is one of the most advanced and highly regarded overall measures of healthcare quality, assessing the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs in the United States and Canada.

“This recognition is a testament to the team’s hard work and dedication,” said Erik Toth, vice president of cardiovascular services for UPMC in Central Pa. “We are extremely proud of the team for achieving this recognition, which places us among the elite for adult cardiac surgery in North America. Our primary goal is to deliver exceptional patient care and achieve excellent patient outcomes.”

Pioneers in cardiovascular health since 1956, physicians at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute in central Pennsylvania were the first in the region to perform open heart surgery and the first to perform coronary artery balloon angioplasty. Other firsts include the implantation of a drug-eluting coronary stent, percutaneous (minimally invasive) aortic valve procedures (TAVR), and the implantation of an FDA-approved percutaneous mitral valve repair device. UPMC’s vascular surgeons are experts in providing exceptional care through both vascular and endovascular techniques.

For more information or to make an appointment at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, visit UPMC.com/CentralPaHeart.