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Sequoia Hospital Receives Highest Possible Rating for Isolated Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons

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Designation demonstrates Sequoia's clinical excellence in vascular procedures

REDWOOD CITY, CA (July 17, 2018) – Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital has earned a distinguished three-star rating, the highest possible from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for excellence in mitral valve replacement or repair (MVRR) surgery. The three-star rating places Sequoia Hospital among the top 10 percent for MVRR surgery among participating hospitals in the United States and internationally.

“Sequoia Hospital is honored to again receive a three-star rating from the prestigious Society of Thoracic Surgeons,” said Bill Graham, Sequoia Hospital president. “The Sequoia Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute has long been a destination for patients nationwide seeking world-class cardiac care delivered within the comfort of a community hospital.”

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

“The Society of Thoracic Surgeons congratulates STS National Database participants who have received three-star ratings,” said David M. Shahian, MD, Chair of the STS Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety. “Participation in the Database and public reporting demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in health care delivery and helps provide patients and their families with meaningful information to allow them make informed decisions about health care.”

The STS National Database, which includes the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The STS ACSD gathers information from more than 3,700 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists, from more than 90 percent of groups that perform heart surgery in the US.

Sequoia Hospital has been named one of America’s 50 best hospitals for cardiac surgery by Healthgrades. The hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute is affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, the first affiliation of its kind in Northern California. For more information about the Sequoia Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute, visit


About Sequoia Hospital

Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital providing innovative and exceptional health care for generations of Bay Area residents. Sequoia’s Heart and Vascular Institute is a nationally known pioneer in advanced cardiac care, affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. Sequoia has received national recognition from Healthgrades for superior patient safety and was named as one of America’s top 100 hospitals for cardiac care. Our Total Joint Replacement program is a designated Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, and our Birth Center is consistently ranked as a favorite among Peninsula families. We are also known for our comprehensive emergency care and leading-edge tomosynthesis 3-D mammogram technology. Our new state-of-the-art Pavilion combines the most advanced medical and surgical services with a unique healing environment, including private, spacious rooms and inviting garden areas. To support programs at Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital, visit the Sequoia Hospital Foundation.

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Publish date: 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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