The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has once again bestowed its distinguished three-star rating – the best possible rating – on Mercy Health – Springfield Regional Medical Center for its patient care and outcomes in heart bypass surgery.

Mercy Health earned the honor for the quality care it provides to patients undergoing isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures. Mercy Health has earned the top ranking nine times between 2009 and 2019.

The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places Mercy Health - Springfield 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,” said Mercy Health – Springfield President Adam Groshans. “I congratulate our cardiac care team for earning this accolade for the ninth time. It’s a reminder that area residents can receive top quality, nationally-ranked care close to home.”

“Delivering quality patient care with compassion is our motivation and seeing our patients lead happy fulfilling lives after bypass surgery is our reward,” said Surender Neravetla, MD, medical director of cardiac surgery at Springfield Regional Medical Center. “I thank the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for recognizing our work.”

STS calculates the star rating using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant. Historically, approximately 6%–10% of participants receive the three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery. 

“The Society of Thoracic Surgeons congratulates STS National Database participants who have received three-star ratings,” said David M. Shahian, MD, chair of the Task Force on Quality Measurement. “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.”

STS established its National Database in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The Database includes four components - the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD), and the mechanical circulatory support database (Intermacs). The STS ACSD houses approximately 6.9 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 3,800 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.