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UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Earns Nation’s Top Quality Ratings for Heart Surgery

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 7, 2013 UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Shadyside have received the highest score for coronary artery bypass surgery from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), placing them in the top 13 percent of hospitals in the nation. UPMC Shadyside also received the highest “three stars” for aortic valve replacement surgery, ranking it in the top 6 percent of hospitals. The ratings are based on data compiled and publicly reported for the fiscal year 2013.

The STS’s three-star score designates that results are statistically better than the national average, based on a review of nearly 750 hospitals in the United States. UPMC Shadyside is one of only 23 hospitals in the nation to receive three stars in both aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass procedures for the last two reporting periods.

“The cardiac program is bringing the latest research and technologic innovations to our patients, including robotic surgery and trans-catheter heart valve therapy. These results reflect our commitment to excellence in patient care, of which we are very proud,” said Victor Morell, M.D., director of cardiac surgery at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute.

The STS National Database was established as an initiative for quality and safety improvement among cardiothoracic surgeons. The database covers three areas of cardiothoracic surgery—adult cardiac, general thoracic and congenital heart surgery.

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