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Sequoia Hospital Receives Highest Possible Rating for Aortic Valve Replacement

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Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital has received a three-star rating for the quality of its aortic valve replacement procedures from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the highest designation possible for medical facilities. 

"This prestigious recognition from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, considered one of the highest standards by which to evaluate cardiac surgery programs, further underlines the excellence of our cardiac surgery team," said Bill Graham, Sequoia Hospital president. "At the Sequoia Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute, our patients benefit from superlative cardiac care delivered right here in our community." 

The designation is the result of a comprehensive rating system that compares the quality of cardiac surgery programs among hospitals across the nation. The STS National Database gathers information from more than 90 percent of the facilities that perform cardiac surgery in the United States. Of the 1,017 hospitals participating during the most recent reporting period, just 73 received a three-star rating.

"The Heart and Vascular Institute at Sequoia Hospital has long been a destination for those seeking the highest quality in cardiac procedures," said Luis Castro, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon and Sequoia Hospital's director of cardiac surgery. "We are known for the expertise of our cardiac physicians and hospital staff, but also for the kindness with which they deliver worldclass care. That is what sets us apart."

Sequoia Hospital has been named one of America's top 100 hospitals for cardiac care by Healthgrades. The hospital's Heart and Vascular Institute is now affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, the first affiliation of its kind in Northern California.  

Founded in 1964, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons is an international not-for-profit organization representing cardiothoracic surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals. STS has more than 7,100 members in 90 countries. 


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.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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