Stanford Medicine's legacy of research and clinical care has led to
consistent recognition of Stanford Health Care 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.
This unusual procedure, known as a "domino" transplant, occurs when one recipient receives a heart-lung transplant from a deceased donor, while the existing healthy heart of the heart-lung recipient is given to a second patient. The rare procedure has only been performed eight times at Stanford, last in 1994.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.