Citrus Memorial Hospital
October 09, 2020

Inverness, FL – The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has again awarded Citrus Memorial Hospital its highest possible three-star rating, demonstrating high-quality outcomes for open heart surgery procedures. The distinguished rating was awarded for Citrus Memorial Hospital’s patient care and outcomes in Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR) combined with Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) procedures. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places Citrus Memorial Hospital among the elite for heart surgery in the United States and Canada.

“This has been quite the month for our Heart and Vascular Center,” said Citrus Memorial Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Raylene Platel. “Not only has our team completed the first Left Atrial Appendage Closure and Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair procedures in the region, but they’ve once again been recognized for providing other top-notch heart surgeries. To continuously be recognized for great outcomes in Coronary Artery Bypass Graft and Aortic Valve Replacement is a true testament to the hard work and laser-focus of this crew of caregivers.”

The STS 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 United States and Canada. The star rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant. Historically, approximately 4%–7% of participants receive the three-star rating for AVR+CABG surgery. The latest analysis of data for AVR plus CABG surgery covers a three-year period, from January 2017 to December 2019.

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The Database includes four components: the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD), and the mechanical circulatory support database (Intermacs).