Stanford Medicine's legacy of research and clinical care has led to consistent recognition of Stanford Hospital & Clinics as one of the most prestigious institutions for heart care in the world.
Additionally, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has recently developed a comprehensive rating system that allows for comparisons regarding the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. Approximately 14 percent of hospitals receive the “3 star” rating, which denotes the highest category of quality. In the current analysis of national data covering the period from July 2007 to June 2008, the cardiac surgery performance of our hospital was found to lie in the highest quality tier, thereby receiving an STS 3 star rating.
We consistently measure the outcomes of health care services to track our performance and to inspire us to be even better. According to the data presented in our cardiovascular outcomes report, we continue to have outstanding patient outcomes despite the fact that we serve higher-risk populations.
Stanford Cardiovascular Health provides patients and referring physicians the broadest possible range of treatments, allowing the best choice for individual needs based on the most up-to-date therapies and services.
Philosophy of patient care
Each year, more than 5,000 patients from around the world come to Stanford to receive the most advanced care for cardiovascular diseases - from the days when open heart surgery was a novelty to today when microscopic revascularization can create new channels for blood flow in diseased hearts.
Evolving health care for heart patients
Stanford medical professionals remain dedicated to humanizing treatment, and all members of the clinical team work together to assure patients of the most personalized service possible during what can be a difficult time.
In addition to services that include emotional counseling and help with travel, Stanford has developed a model case management program to smooth the patient's path through complex treatments.
As individuals become more involved in their own care, they realize that quality varies among health care institutions. The success of bypass surgery, transplants, and other highly technical procedures relates directly to the experience of the physicians and hospital. Centers performing a high volume of procedures, like Stanford, experience better outcomes.
While health care evolves, Stanford continues to be a benchmark in the delivery of patient-centered care and embraces the challenges that a consumer-oriented health care structure will demand.
Christy Sillman, RN, born with congenital heart disease, brings a "patient's perspective" to her work.
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