UPMC is committed to delivering high-quality heart care. This quality is based on a combination of highly skilled doctors, nurses, technologists and other health care providers; state-of-the-art facilities and technology; and a commitment to delivering the right care, to the right patient, at the right time.
Quality is a reflection of how well we take care of patients. And this is measured by recording and reviewing patient outcomes, which simply means the results of a treatment or surgery. We report our patient outcomes to a number of third-party registries for both cardiology and cardiac surgery procedures, sharing our data in an effort to not only document, but also continually improve the care we provide.
UPMC participates in the leading cardiac surgery quality assessment program, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Database. UPMC exceeds the STS risk-adjusted benchmark for overall quality in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), aortic valve replacement (AVR), and coronary artery bypass grafting with aortic valve replacement (CABG + AVR). Maining the highest standards of cardiac surgery care and patient outcomes is a top priority for the organization.
While UPMC has some of the highest outcome standards in the country, we continually look for ways to improve care and lead the profession in best practices. Sustaining excellence is incredibly hard work and requires a great attention to detail, and we're proud to share the following recent examples of our success: