Citrus Memorial Hospital November 20, 2019

Inverness, FL - The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has 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 (GABG) 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 is a huge accomplishment," said Citrus Memorial Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Raylene Platel. "This three-star rating is an incredible testament to our world-class cardiac surgery team whose hard work and intense focus allow us to provide the best possible heart and vascular care to our community."

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 July 2016 to June 2019.

"The Society of Thoracic Surgeons congratulates STS National Database participants who have received three-star ratings," said David M. Shahian, MD, chair of the Task Force on Quality Measurement. "Only a very small percentage of participants nationally achieve this important recognition."

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).

About STS

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 7,300 surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. The Society's mission is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.