The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has once again bestowed its distinguished three-star rating – the best possible rating – on 
Mercy Health – Springfield 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. This marks the eighth time that Mercy Health the top ranking.

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. STS calculates the star rating using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant. 

STS’ review of the coronary bypass program at Mercy Health – Springfield also noted that patients benefitted from lower blood transfusion rate, less time in the operating room and less time on a ventilator, all of which are quality parameters leading to lower complication rates for patients undergoing surgery.

“The Society of Thoracic Surgeons represents more than 7,600 surgeons, researchers and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible patient outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lungs and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest,” said Adam Groshans, Interim President, Mercy Health – Springfield. “Their star rating system is one of the most highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care and I applaud our doctors, nurses and staff on once again earning their top honor. Our team’s dedication to quality helps ensure that our patients benefit from the best possible care.”

“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.” 

Historically, approximately 6-10% of participants receive the three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery. The latest analysis of data for CABG surgery covers a one-year period and includes more than 1,000 participating sites that are on track to perform more than 150,000 coronary bypass procedures this year.  

The STS National Database was established 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 6.8 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.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 7,600 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.