The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has awarded top quality ratings to UPMC Passavant and UPMC Shadyside. UPMC Passavant received the maximum "three star" rating for coronary artery bypass grafting procedures, placing it in the top 8.8 percent of hospitals nationally. UPMC Shadyside received the same rating for aortic valve replacement procedures, placing it in the top 9.9 percent of hospitals nationally.
Based on a review of data that was compiled and publicly reported for the 2014 fiscal year, the three star score designates that UPMC Passavant and UPMC Shadyside are statistically better than the national average in their respective procedures.
"The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute works to provide innovative cardiac care of the highest quality to patients throughout the UPMC system," said Victor Morell, M.D., vice chairman and director of cardiovascular services, UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. "We are proud of the dedication displayed by our physicians and staff that led to these tremendous results."
The STS National Database was established to drive quality and safety improvements among cardiothoracic surgeons. It covers adult cardiac, general thoracic and congenital heart surgery.