Tuesday, June 03, 2014
The University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (UM SJMC), working with the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Division of Cardiac Surgery, has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and aortic valve replacement (AVR). The three-star rating, which denotes the highest national category of quality, is earned by approximately 10-15% of cardiac surgery programs in the U.S., according to the STS.
"This rating is further evidence that patients who undergo cardiac surgery at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center receive outstanding clinical care in the exceptional environment that UM SJMC is known for," says R.C. Stewart Finney, MD, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at UM SJMC and clinical associate professor, Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. "A three-star rating from STS is widely regarded by physicians as the gold standard by which to evaluate cardiac surgery programs," says Finney.
Faculty from the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Division of Cardiac Surgery operate both at the downtown University of Maryland Medical Center main campus (UMMC) and at UM SJMC in Towson. Patients at both locations receive care from specialty-trained cardiac surgeons. The surgeons at both locations work together to evaluate the severity of a patient's case when determining which hospital location is best equipped to perform a particular operation.
"This rating at UM SJMC is an example of how patients from Maryland and beyond are benefiting from our strategy of one Division of Cardiac Surgery at two locations," says James Gammie, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. "Faculty from the University of Maryland School of Medicine operate at both UMMC and UM SJMC hospitals to distribute the research-based surgical sub-specialization expertise across a broader geographic area."
This achievement highlights the interdisciplinary team of medical professionals in place at UM SJMC to support the care of cardiac patients.
"The UM SJMC team performs high volumes of CABG and AVR procedures each year, making us highly skilled in treating and managing these patients," says Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA, President and CEO of UM SJMC and the Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. "It's the combination of exceptional cardiac surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, a team of expert nursing professionals, and support staff that make quality achievements like this possible."
The STS rating is based on a composite score that summarizes all available information about the quality of care delivered by an individual provider from January 1, 2013 through December 1, 2013. Two shared factors are included in the composite score for CABGs and AVRs, including risk-adjusted mortality and risk-adjusted major morbidity. Additionally, CABG composite scores also include the percentage of CABG procedures that include the use of at least one of the arteries from the underside of the chest wall for bypass grafting, and how often all of the four medications believed to improve a patient's immediate and long-term outcomes were prescribed. Cardiac surgery programs provide self-reported data to the STS at regular intervals throughout the year. The STS analyzes the data, makes sure data reported by hospitals matches STS criteria and definitions, and publishes reports based on comparative findings across similar programs.
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a nonprofit organization that represents more than 6,800 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. As the world's premier clinical registry for cardiac surgery, the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database houses more than 5.2 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 90% of the groups that perform cardiac surgery in the United States. Participating groups add data four times a year, providing an up-to-date picture of their surgical practice.
The University of Maryland Medical System currently includes 12 health systems and hospitals across Maryland including the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center; University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center; University of Maryland Medical Center; University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus; University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedics Institute; University of Maryland Shore Health System; University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health System, as well as the freestanding University of Maryland Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown and the University of Maryland Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Chestertown. UMMS also operates Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital as a joint venture with Johns Hopkins. For more information, go to www.umms.org.
UM St. Joseph Medical Center, which was founded in 1864 by the Sisters of St. Francis, is a 263-bed nonprofit, regional medical center in Towson, Md., and a member of the 12-hospital University of Maryland Medical System. For more information, visit www.stjosephtowson.com.