Citrus Memorial Hospital July 05, 2016

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has awarded Citrus Memorial Hospital its highest possible three-star rating, demonstrating high-quality outcomes for open heart surgery procedures. Citrus Memorial Hospital has the added distinction of achieving the status for five consecutive years.

"This is a great achievement," said Citrus Memorial Hospital CEO Ralph Aleman. "It is a great testament to a very dedicated and high quality cardiac surgery team. We are blessed to have this type of excellence in health care right here in Citrus County."

Citrus Memorial Hospital is the one of approximately 99 hospitals in the nation to receive the three-star rating for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft surgery. According to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Citrus Memorial Hospital is among the top 10% percent of U.S. hospitals who received the top-tier rating of three stars for 2015. Hospitals that have average ratings receive two stars while hospitals that score below average receive one star.

The three star rating is derived from a combination of 11 different processes and outcome measures for coronary artery bypass surgery, which are recommended by the National Quality Forum, a non-profit organization which works to improve the quality of healthcare in the United States. The national measures rate the performance of heart surgery programs in various areas, including avoidance of death and major complications; appropriate use of medications before, during and after surgery; and using the best possible blood vessel during bypass surgery.

In the current analysis of national data covering the period from January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015, the CABG performance of Citrus Memorial Hospital was found to lie in the highest quality tier.

"This is a testament to the excellent quality of our heart surgery program and all the efforts of our dedicated nurses, technicians, therapists, cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, cardiologists, physicians and staff members who helped to make this happen," said Citrus Memorial's Director of Heart and Vascular Center Scott Sinigalliano. "It truly takes a team."