Deborah Heart and Lung Center among Top Percentile in the Nation for Heart and Valve Surgery

Awarded Two 3-Star Society of Thoracic Surgeons Ratings

BROWNS MILLS, NJ – Deborah Heart and Lung Center is among the top percentile in the nation for heart and valve surgeries, as rated by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Deborah – New Jersey’s only specialty heart hospital – has received distinguished three-star ratings from the STS for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) surgeries.

The STS three-star rating is the highest designation awarded by the organization and is one of the most highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs in the United State 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 6-10% of participants receive the three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery and approximately 4-8% of participants receive the three-star rating for isolated AVR surgery.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Deborah’s quality measures have resulted in the Hospital being among the very elite in the country for heart bypass and valve replacement surgeries,” said Paul Burns, MD, Deborah’s Chair of Surgery. “Considering that over 3,800 participating physicians, representing more than 90% of the groups that perform heart surgery nationwide submitted data to the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database underscores the quality of our patient care and outcomes. This is an especially noteworthy achievement since in addition to cardiac disease Deborah patients often have many other health-related issues. Our team consistently provides sophisticated integrated care to even the most ill patients.”

Deborah’s three-star rating is based on data analysis covering the Hospital’s CABG surgeries from January 2018-December 2018 and AVR surgeries from January 2016 through December 2018.

“Participation in the Database and public reporting demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in health care delivery and helps provide patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about their health care,” said David M. Shahian, MD, chair of the Task Force on Quality Measurement.