Mercy and Iowa Heart Center Earn Distinguished 3-Star Rating for Heart Bypass Surgery

December 4, 2017

Mercy Medical Center –Des Moines and Iowa Heart Center have 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) procedures. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places Mercy and Iowa Heart Center among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada.

 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 participant.

 “The three-star ranking is the highest possible ranking and indicates a low mortality rate as well as high level performance on a number of other measures, said David Hockmuth, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon and medical director of cardiothoracic surgery at Mercy and Iowa Heart Center. “It is the result of a long term team commitment on the part of our surgeons, advanced practice clinicians, cardiac anesthesiology nurses and administrators here at Mercy and Iowa Heart Center, and we are all very proud of this achievement.”

 For isolated CABG procedures, only 6.5% of participants that were scored received a three-star rating. The latest analysis of data for CABG surgery covers a 1-year period, from July 2016 to June 2017.

 “This rating reinforces to our patients and their families that when they choose Mercy and Iowa Heart Center for their heart-health needs, they’re getting the best possible care,” said Dr. Hockmuth.

 The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The Database includes three components: the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), and the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD).

 “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.”

The STS ACSD houses approximately 6.3 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 3,700 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists from more than 90% of groups that perform heart surgery in the US. STS public reporting online enables STS ACSD participants to voluntarily report to each other and the public their heart surgery scores and star ratings.

About STS

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 7,400 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.

About Iowa Heart Center

Iowa Heart Center, founded in 1970, is one of the nation’s premier cardiovascular medicine practices. With clinics and offices in Des Moines, Ames, Ankeny, Carroll, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Newton, and Ottumwa, Iowa Heart Center’s physicians and staff are committed to providing world-class heart care, research and prevention services to Iowa families.