Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital earns NYC area’s highest quality rating in cardiac surgery care

David T. Majure, MD, medical director of mechanical circulatory support at the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital, follows up with his patient.

The Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) is the only New York metropolitan area hospital to earn an overall three-stars designation – 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. Data analysis about cardiac programs nationwide was recently posted by the STS.

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 cateogories, placing it among an elite 1.4 percent of hospitals. The STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Report analyzed data from 1,017 voluntary participants between January 2014 and December 2016.

“It’s a highly prestigious honor to be recognized by the STS for the highest quality and excellence in all three cardiac surgery categories,” said Alan Hartman, MD, senior vice president and executive director of cardiothoracic services at Northwell Health. “The superior ratings, which are difficult to attain, takes relentless attention to detail, hard work and the collaboration of our expert cardiac surgery team and health care professionals.”

The star 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.

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

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About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 22 hospitals, over 550 outpatient facilities and nearly 15,000 affiliated physicians. We care for more than two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 62,000 employees – 15,000+ nurses and 3,900 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit

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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About the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital

The Heart Hospital is among the largest volume centers for complex cardiac procedures in New York and has one of the state’s largest cardiothoracic and interventional cardiology programs. Our specialists offer treatment options for advanced cardiac conditions including abnormal heart rhythms, peripheral vascular disease, complex aortic conditions and heart failure.