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SwedishAmerican Hospital Named National Bypass Surgery Leader

July 14, 2014

SwedishAmerican Hospital has received yet another “3-star” rating (the highest possible) for bypass surgery from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), which maintains a comprehensive system for rating the quality of cardiac surgery among U.S. hospitals. The STS database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons to help measure clinical performance accurately and objectively.

In addition to the development of quality performance measures, the STS also provides a powerful clinical research tool that has become the “gold standard” for clinical registries, providing a means of benchmarking outcomes against other national hospitals. The database looks at many variables, but focuses mainly on operative mortality, major morbidities or complications, use of the internal mammary arteries (a common type of bypass graft) and appropriate administration of cardiac medications.

For the time period January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013, a total of 1,041 participants submitted data to STS. Approximately 15 percent of hospitals received the “3-star” rating, which denotes the highest category of quality. SwedishAmerican's performance for bypass surgery was found to lie in this highest quality tier.

“We earned a three-star ranking for isolated coronary artery bypass grafts—the highest rating and a feat we were originally told was almost impossible for a hospital of our size to achieve,” says Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. John Myers. “This is an amazing accomplishment for our hospital—especially considering that we did it not only once, but twice. I am very proud to be a part of an outstanding team that is focused on continuously improving quality and patient safety.”

At SwedishAmerican, surgical services are provided in state-of-the-art facilities that include operating rooms devoted exclusively to open-heart surgery. Procedures performed in the hospital’s surgical suites range from coronary artery bypass grafts and valvular procedures to Transmyocardial Revascularization (TMR), which is used to relieve severe angina or chest pain in very ill patients who aren't candidates for bypass surgery or angioplasty.

About SwedishAmerican Health System

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed healthcare system, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. The health system is comprised of two hospitals, a free-standing outpatient cancer center, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, and a foundation.

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