Cleveland Clinic Gets Stellar Rating

Fewer than 15 percent of heart programs in the nation achieve this level

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The highest rating in the Michelin Guide is three stars. The highest rating in the Zagat survey is three stars. The highest rating by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is also three stars – and Cleveland Clinic’s Cardiac Surgery program earned it!

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STS has established a comprehensive rating system to compare the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the county. Looking at data from July 2010 to June 2011, the Society awarded Cleveland Clinic it’s highest rating, the coveted three stars. Fewer than 15 percent of the heart programs in the nation ever achieve this level in the Society’s survey.

What makes the Cleveland Clinic program special? In two words: volume and complexity. Cleveland Clinic continues to treat more of the most difficult cases than any comparable program. Analysis of the July 2010 – June 2011 STS data shows how Cleveland Clinic surpasses the national norms, performing 551 coronary artery bypass grafts (255% higher than national average), 2,141 valve surgeries (3,095% higher than national average) and 767 combination valve/CABG surgeries (2,031% higher than national average).

“We are honored to have our cardiac surgery teams be recognized for their hard work with the 3-star rating from STS,” said Dr. Joseph Sabik, Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. “While we celebrate this accomplishment, we will continue to identify opportunities to make improvements to continue to offer all of our patients the highest quality of care. ”

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The Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute has also been ranked the nation’s number one heart program for 17 years in a row by U.S. News and World Report.