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El Camino Hospital receives surgical accolades

The Norma Melchor Heart & Vascular Institute at El Camino Hospital last month received a three-star rating for aortic valve replacement outcomes from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database.

The rating, based on outcomes between July 2010 and June 2013, is the highest the Society of Thoracic Surgeons awards. The distinction ranks El Camino Hospital in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationally for outstanding performance and outcomes in aortic valve replacement.

“Our commitment is to perform in the top 10 percent in the country in quality,” said Tomi Ryba, president and chief executive officer of El Camino Hospital. “This is an example of that commitment. This achievement is a true testament to the expertise of our multidisciplinary cardiothoracic surgery team, who produce the best outcomes in aortic valve replacement.”

Over the past three years, the hospital achieved a quality score of 96.7 percent for aortic valve replacement, above the national average of 94.5 percent.

Additionally, the hospital earned a three-star rating for Absence in Morbidity with a score of 90 percent (compared with 84.3 percent nationally), which looked at the following complications.

• Reoperations

• Renal failure

• Deep sternal infection/mediastinitis

• Prolonged ventilation

• Cerebrovascular accident/stroke

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety, with the corollary as a potentially powerful tool for clinical research.

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