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Deborah Heart and Lung Center is Proud to Be Measurably Better For You

The high quality of care at Deborah has been documented in numerous articles, surveys and highly regarded rating services nationwide. But the real gauge of this quality is our remarkable number of excellent outcomes, our superb rankings for patient satisfaction, and the extraordinary talents of our people – physicians talented enough to be training the next generation of cardiac specialists, many of whom are making their mark in healthcare institutions throughout the U.S. every day.

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Our Philosophy is Collaboration Over Competition

We have relationships with Capital Health for Emergency Services, Cooper University Health Care for treating members of the military community, as well as an alliance with Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. Our goal is to deliver the very best care to patients – whenever and wherever they need it.

Heart Care is What We Do – All Day, Every Day, For the Last 100 Years

As the only specialty heart and lung hospital in NJ, we have been innovating and honing our skills since 1922. Specializing allows us to be the best at what we do. Our focus is clear and focused on innovating, refining and perfecting our efforts in the heart and lung field.

Highest Survival Rate for Cardiac Surgeries in NJ

Having the lowest mortality rate for cardiac surgeries in NJ says a lot. Deborah’s survival rate is 10 times better than the NJ average, with just .18 deaths per 100 surgeries compared to an average of 1.8 deaths throughout the state.

Highly Rated by Medicare & Medicaid

Rated 4 out of 5 stars by National Hospital Compare and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for providing safe, timely, high quality care and a superior patient experience. Deborah has consistently achieved a rank in the top 10 to 20% of all hospitals nationwide and has achieved designation as a “Top Hospital” for a variety of quality measures.

Named a 2021 Top Teaching Hospital Nationally by The Leapfrog Group

Highlighting our achievements in patient safety and quality, Deborah was named a 2021 Top Teaching Hospital in the US by The Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. Over 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award and only a total of 149 top hospitals nationwide were selected, including Deborah.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Ranked Among the Top 7% of Hospitals in the US and Canada

Deborah has received a 3-star rating — the highest available — from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. This designation represents one of the most respected professional benchmarks for quality cardiac surgery in the United States and Canada. Fewer than 7% of cardiac programs receive this distinction.

Four Stars for Patient Experience as Rated by the HCAHPS

4/5 Stars for Patient Experience as rated by HCAHPS

HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) is the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients’ perspectives of hospital care. We are proud to rank highly with patients based on their own experiences.

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Most Consistent Top Performer Comparing Cardiac Surgery Outcome Scores

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has ranked Deborah as a top hospital in NJ in cardiac surgery outcomes. While competing hospitals have shown fluctuating scores from year to year, Deborah has consistently ranked among the very top reporting hospitals in the state.

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Performed the Very First Heart Surgeries in NJ

Dr. Charles Bailey, a pioneer in heart surgery, performed the first two open-heart surgeries in the state of New Jersey in 1958 here at Deborah. These surgeries were life-saving events for an adult and a child, and our commitment to innovation has not wavered since.

Dr. Costic is very knowledgeable, compassionate and understanding. He spent a lot of time with us explaining what was going on and helping us make a decision on what to do. We have a lot of confidence in his ability as a surgeon.
Lynne A.
HealthGrades Review, November 2021
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Trusted to Train the Next Heart Specialists

For over 65 years, we’ve been training graduate fellows in Cardiology, Electrophysiology, and Vascular Surgery. Our expertise is in every aspect of cardiovascular diagnosis and treatment and our fellows are exposed to all of it during their stay. They learn best practices in patient safety and quality and go on to be exceptional heart care physicians around the country.


Our Imaging Services are Accredited

Our imaging services have earned numerous 3-year accreditations from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. These accreditations reflect a commitment to quality care and accurate diagnoses.

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Patients Travel 1000’s of Miles Because of Our Reputation

In 2021, we treated patients from 43 states who traveled across the country based on research and referrals from family, friends and physicians.

Cleveland Clinic Alliance

Our Alliance with Cleveland Clinic Elevates Our Standard of Care

Deborah Heart and Lung Center is an alliance partner of Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, which is ranked #1 in the nation for heart care since 1995 by U.S. News and World Report. This alliance allows for the sharing of best practices, enhancing opportunities to provide new treatments and therapies to patients, as well as exploring cutting-edge technologies and techniques in cardiac care that accelerate advances in heart and vascular treatments for patients in the Delaware Valley.

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