EDGEWOOD Ky. (Feb. 29, 2012) — The Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has developed a comprehensive rating system for the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals throughout the country. Approximately 12-15% of hospitals received the “3 star” rating, which denotes the highest category of quality.
In the current analysis of national data covering the period from July 2010 to June 2011, the cardiac surgery performance at St. Elizabeth Healthcare was found to lie in this highest quality tier, thereby receiving an STS 3-star rating. This represents the third year in a row St. Elizabeth has received this distinguished honor.
There are many ratings programs available; however, STS is among the most comprehensive due to its collection of more data (384 data points) for benchmarking than anyone else. Congress uses these benchmarks and STS has been in existence longer than other sources.
“The fact that we have achieved this rating three years in a row attests to our consistent and ongoing commitment to quality cardiac care,” says Garren Colvin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “This is a strong testament that we as an organization are vigilant in our commitment to providing the best possible care for our patients.”
St. Elizabeth Healthcare operates six facilities throughout Northern Kentucky—St. Elizabeth Covington, St. Elizabeth Edgewood, St. Elizabeth Falmouth, St. Elizabeth Florence, St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas, and St. Elizabeth Grant. It also has vast resources to serve the Greater Cincinnati area, including almost 1,200 licensed beds, a physician organization which includes 61 primary care and specialty office locations, more than 1,200 physicians with admitting privileges, more than 7,300 associates including St. Elizabeth Physicians, and three freestanding imaging centers. St. Elizabeth Healthcare is sponsored by the Diocese of Covington and provided more than $83 million in uncompensated care and benefit to the community in 2010.