Cardiac Surgery Team Once Again Earns Top Rating for Heart Bypass Surgery

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Division at Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) has once again earned the distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG or heart bypass surgery) procedures. The three-star rating awarded for the July 2020 to June 2023 analytic period denotes the highest category of quality and places SBUH among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada. Stony Brook University Hospital received its first three-star rating in 2017 and has consistently received top ratings since.

“At Stony Brook, we take great pride in our comprehensive heart program that has a long legacy of bringing the highest quality standards to benefit our patients and their families,” said Carol Gomes, chief executive officer, Stony Brook University Hospital. “And we remain laser-focused on serving our community with the most advanced technology, our outstanding cardiovascular staff and the full spectrum of lifesaving cardiac interventions.”

The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in healthcare, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada. The star rating measures a surgical team’s performance before, during and after coronary artery bypass grafting surgery. More than 95 percent of hospitals in the U.S. with cardiothoracic surgical programs submit data to the STS and approximately 20 percent of participants receive the three-star rating for CABG surgery.

“The three-star rating is a testament to our team’s deep dedication to bringing the best in cardiac care to our community and beyond,” said Henry J. Tannous, MD, co-director, Heart Institute; chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery; and General T.F. Cheng Chair, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Renaissance School of Medicine, Stony Brook University. “Patients can have peace of mind knowing they’re getting care from one of the top-rated facilities in the nation.”

CABG surgery is the most-often performed cardiac surgery, but like any open-heart procedure, it requires a high degree of expertise to achieve clinical excellence. STS star ratings of sites enrolled in public reporting provide accurate, unbiased information about the quality and safety of the care provided by different heart surgery providers. It is considered the definitive national reporting system for cardiac surgery.

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