The East Carolina Heart Institute is a Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) three-star rated facility.
The STS database is the national report card that compares the quality of cardiac surgery programs across the country. Historically, only 10 percent of hospitals receive the three-star rating, which is the highest quality category. In the current analysis of national data from Jan. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2011, the cardiac surgery performance at the Heart Institute rose to the highest quality tier, earning the STS three-star rating.
Combined with a national patient satisfaction rate above 98 percent, the three-star rating means patients and families can expect a good experience at the Heart Institute. The STS rating reflects a continuum of care from doctor-nurse relationships in the operating room to post-operative care in the intensive care unit and step-down unit.
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2011 three-star rating is a level of quality that we strive for with everything we do at the Heart Institute.