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STOCKTON, July 2, 2018 - Dignity Health - St. Joseph’s Medical Center has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures, the most frequently performed open heart surgery. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places St. Joseph’s among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada.
“We are so proud to be recognized as one of the top hospitals for heart surgery in our nation,” said Don Wiley, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Medical Center. “We have a long legacy of bringing the best in heart care to our community and this award truly reflects our team’s deep commitment to cardiac excellence.”
Historically, only about 10% of participants in the nation receive the three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery. In fact, in 2016/2017 only one hospital in the state of California that made their data available received the three-star rating. This latest analysis of data for CABG surgery covers a 1-year period, from January 2017 to December 2017, and includes 206 CABG procedures performed at St. Joseph’s.
The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada. The star rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participating hospital.
“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 help them make informed decisions about health care.”
Database participants are made up of the best-of-the-best cardiac surgery programs in North America, who want to benchmark their outcomes against like-minded hospitals. St. Joseph’s Medical Center has participated in STS public reporting since its inception and is the only hospital in the Stockton area to do so.
The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. STS public reporting online enables STS ACSD participants to voluntarily report to each other and the public their heart surgery scores and star ratings.
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About St. Joseph's Medical Center
St. Joseph's Medical Center is a not-for-profit, fully accredited, regional hospital with 347 beds, a physician staff of over 600, and more than 2,300 employees. St. Joseph's specializes in cardiovascular care, comprehensive cancer services, and women and children's services including neonatal intensive care. St. Joseph's is the largest hospital, as well as one of the largest private employers in San Joaquin County. In addition to being nationally recognized as a quality leader, St. Joseph's is consistently chosen as the "most preferred hospital" by local consumers. Founded in 1899 by Fr. William O'Connor and administered by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, St. Joseph's continues to lead the region in medical innovation. St. Joseph's Medical Center is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. In FY 2016, St. Joseph's provided over $57 million in charity care, community services, and unreimbursed patient care. St. Joseph's Medical Center is a member of Dignity Health, a system of ancillary care sites, medical foundations, and acute care hospitals serving California, Arizona and Nevada.
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 7,300 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.