Heart Surgery Outcomes Among Best in the Nation at Missouri Baptist Medical Center

ST. LOUIS, MO.  Sept. 24, 2013 --  Missouri Baptist’s Cardiac Surgery Program received the top rating—three stars—from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for 2012.

As reported on STS.org, Missouri Baptist was the only cardiac surgery program in the state of Missouri to receive the three-star ratings from the STS for both coronary bypass surgery (CABG) and aortic valve replacement (AVR) surgery. STS publicly reports “star ratings” for only CABG and AVR surgeries.

Only 24 hospitals nationwide achieved the distinction of a three-star rating for both surgeries, which reflects the highest level of quality care delivered for these cardiovascular surgical procedures. Of the 994 hospitals reporting data to STS, 14% received a three-star rating for CABG, and 5% scored three-star for AVR surgery.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, a nonprofit organization, is widely considered the “gold standard” of data bases with more than 4.5 million surgical records, representing 94 percent of all adult cardiac surgery centers in the U.S.

"This recognition demonstrates the quality of our entire team at MoBap,” said Cardiac Surgeon Nicholas T. Kouchoukos, MD, senior member of the group and author of the leading textbook on cardiac surgery.  "This ranking by the STS has far more impact than that of any other ranking agency since it is a rating analyzed and granted by those most knowledgeable to evaluate the quality of heart surgery. Receiving a three-star rating illustrates that our approach to cardiovascular care is highly effective."

In 2012, the cardiac surgery program at Missouri Baptist, which performs twice as many cardiac surgeries as the national average, had one of its best years in terms of operative mortality for CABG, achieving a risk-adjusted mortality of only 0.8% compared to a national average of 2.1%. 

“The STS database and ratings help us identify where we can improve and gives us insights on what improvements help patients recover faster,” explained Dr. Michael Mauney, cardiac surgeon and author of the group’s annual outcomes report. “For example, we focused on reducing our blood transfusions, and our blood utilization has dropped almost 30% in CABG since 2010.  In addition, we have been able to track a shortened time to wean patients off the ventilator after surgery, which helps speed recovery. We measure more than 250 factors per patient to help us track any trending that may help us identify areas for improvement. We’re extremely grateful to the team that supports us and enables us to achieve these outcomes.”

About Missouri Baptist Medical Center:

Missouri Baptist is a 489-bed acute-care hospital located in west St. Louis County.  Recognized a “Best Hospital in St. Louis” by U.S. News, as one of the “Top 100 U.S. Hospitals” for Surgery and “5-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attacks” by HealthGrades,  Missouri Baptist offers a full continuum of medical and surgical services, and specializes in heart, cancer, gastrointestinal, orthopedic, neurological/spine and women’s health services.   Missouri Baptist Medical Center is a member of BJC HealthCare, one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States and the largest employer in St. Louis. Based in St. Louis, BJC serves residents in Missouri and southern Illinois through its 13 hospitals and multiple health service organizations. www.missouribaptist.org.

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