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2011 Press Releases
Society of Thoracic Surgeons Gives Morton Plant Heart Surgery Program Top Honor
07/12/2011

 

CLEARWATER, Fla., (July 7, 2011) ¾ The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has awarded Morton Plant Hospital's heart surgery program its prestigious overall three-star rating, the highest designation given to hospitals by STS.

Morton Plant is one of only approximately 13 percent of more than 1,000 hospitals with a cardiac surgery program to receive a three-star rating.

"Because this reflects the clinical outcomes of our peers - heart surgeons from across the United States - this designation is especially meaningful," said Dr. John Ofenloch, cardiothoracic surgeon, Morton Plant Hospital. "The STS three-star rating acknowledges our quality and dedication to heart care. 

"This information will be available to the public via the STS website and indicates that thoracic surgeons are on the leading edge of healthcare with regards to public reporting."

The STS rating is the gold standard in the health care industry for interpreting and acknowledging reliable, accurate clinical results for open heart surgery programs. Morton Plant Hospital's overall cardiac surgery performance was found to lie in the highest quality tier, thereby receiving a STS three-star rating.

The STS based its decision on an analysis of national data including the avoidance of morbidity and mortality in cardiac surgery, use of medications and use of internal mammary artery (IMA) grafts - a conduit for open heart surgery - that have been shown to improve patient care.

Data analyzed by the STS covered the period from Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2010.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 5,600 surgeons, researchers, and allied health professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible heart, lung, esophageal, and other surgical procedures for the chest. Founded in 1964, the mission of STS is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 5,600 surgeons, researchers, and allied health professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible heart, lung, esophageal, and other surgical procedures for the chest. Founded in 1964, the mission of STS is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.

About Morton Plant Hospital

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility. Our commitment to improving the health of everyone we serve is reflected in our community partnerships and many honors. Morton Plant is the only hospital in the United States to have been awarded Top 100 Hospital designations by the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success for a consecutive 12 years. Other hospital honors include: Magnet Designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care, "Baby-Friendly" hospital status from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for its efforts to support mothers' decision to breast feed and received Florida Hospitals Association's Innovation of the Year in Patient Care award. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla.  For more information about Morton Plant Hospital, call (727) 953-6877.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.

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