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The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Gives Highest 3-Star Rating

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Adult Cardiac Surgery Database has ranked the Cardiac Surgery program at The Chester County Hospital in the top 10% in the country. The program has also received a "three star" rating for cardiac surgery by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).

The "three star" composite score is based on NQF (National Quality Forum) measures. Eleven of 21 measures are incorporated into the composite quality score. The 11 measures are divided into four domains:

  • Avoidance of operative mortality
  • Avoidance of major morbidity
  • High quality intraoperative care as measured by use of IMA (internal mammary artery)
  • Appropriate perioperative medication usage

The "three star" rating denotes the highest category of quality and indicates that The Chester County Hospital has scored significantly higher than the overall STS mean score.

About the Cardiac Surgery Program
The Cardiac Surgery Program at The Chester County Hospital is an affiliate of the Cleveland Clinic, the top-ranked heart center in America. This partnership, between Cleveland Clinic's Department of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery and the Cardiac Surgery Program of The CardioVascular Center at The Chester County Hospital, combines the academic, clinical and research components of Cleveland Clinic with The Chester County Hospital's community-based, clinical program.

About the Society of Thoracic Surgeons
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 5,800 surgeons, researchers, and allied health professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible heart, lung, esophageal, and other surgical procedures for the chest. Founded in 1964, the mission of STS is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.

Last Updated: 2/25/2014