Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital Earns Highest Quality Rating in Cardiac Surgery Care

Cardiac team performs open heart surgery at the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital.

The Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) has earned three-star quality overall ratings, the highest possible rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), in three cardiac surgery categories: isolated coronary artery grafting bypass (CABG), isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) and combined AVR and CABG surgery. 

Based on the STS’s stringent review, NSUH’s Heart Hospital was one of only 14 hospitals in the United States and Canada to receive the overall three-star quality rating for outcomes and patient care in all three categories, placing it among an elite 1.4 percent of hospitals. The STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Report analyzed data from 1,017 participants between January 2014 and December 2016.

“It’s a highly prestigious achievement to be recognized by the STS for such excellence in all three categories,” said Alan Hartman, MD, senior vice president and executive director of cardiothoracic services at Northwell Health. “The superior ratings reflect the dedication, expertise and collaboration of our cardiac surgery and health care teams.”

The star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic programs in the US and Canada, according to the STS. The rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

“Participating in the STS adult cardiac surgery database and its voluntary public reporting of outcomes demonstrates Northwell’s commitment to quality health care improvement, and provides patients and their families with critical information to help them make the most- informed choices about their health care,” said Dr. Hartman.

The STS’s Adult Cardiac Surgery Star Rating summary, covering data analysis for the time period ending December 31, 2016, will be made available to the public this summer on the society’s website:

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About Society of Thoracic Surgeons
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 7,200 surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. The Society’s mission is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy

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North Shore University Hospital

North Shore University Hospital is one of the cornerstones of the Northwell Health, providing the full spectrum of clinical health care services for patients of all ages. It offers a wide range of specialty and subspecialty residency programs, postgraduate training programs and clinical fellowships for research and education.