Mercy South Earns Highest Star Rating for Heart Bypass Surgery

September 20, 2022

The cardiothoracic surgical team at Mercy Hospital South has earned a three-star rating from the Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS), which is the organization’s highest rating for quality patient care and outcomes. Less than 15% of hospitals in the United States and Canada earn this distinction.

The STS rating system is a sophisticated, highly regarded measure of quality in health care. The organization benchmarked outcomes for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures at Mercy South. Those benchmarks include length of stay, readmission rates, blood product usage, length of ventilator usages, medication administration, and post-operative complication rates.

“Our heart team takes great care to put our patients first when it comes to safety, quality and the best outcomes, whether that’s for a heart bypassheart valve repair or replacement or any other heart procedure,” said Dr. Umraan Ahmad, Mercy Clinic cardiothoracic surgeon and chief of cardiac surgery and medical director of the structured heart program at Mercy South.

The three-star rating was earned during the COVID-19 pandemic which places additional pressure on the hospital to meet the needs of all patients.

dr_umraan_ahmad_surgery Dr. Umraan Ahmad performs a heart surgery.

“It takes a complete team approach, from the admission process, surgical preparation, and intra-operative management including nursing, anesthesia and perfusion, to the therapy team including physical therapy, occupational therapy and respiratory therapy, to everyone who follows up with the patient post-surgery to meet both clinical and non-clinical needs,” said Dr. Ahmad. “This rating is a sign to our community they can trust and expect high quality heart care when it’s needed at Mercy South.”