News | Cardiovascular Surgery | February 26, 2024

Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University and Jersey Shore University Medical Centers Again Ranked Among the Elite Hospitals in North America for Open Heart Surgery

The academic medical centers earned distinguished three-star ratings from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for their patient care and outcomes in adult cardiac surgery

The academic medical centers earned distinguished three-star ratings from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for their patient care and outcomes in adult cardiac surgery

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February 26, 2024 — Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center, which are licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health for open heart surgery, have earned distinguished three-star ratings from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for their patient care and exemplary outcomes in adult cardiac surgery, from July 2020 to June 2023.  The academic medical centers received three-star ratings in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and isolated mitral valve replacement and repair (MVRR) surgeries.  Jersey Shore University Medical Center also received a three-star rating in isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) surgery. 

The three-star ratings, which denote the highest category of quality, places them among the elite hospitals for heart bypass, MVRR and AVR surgeries, respectively, in the United States and Canada.  The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the U.S. and Canada.  The rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

Approximately 20 percent of participants receive the three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery. The latest analysis of data for CABG surgery covers a three-year period and includes ten participating surgeons, collectively, at the medical centers. The latest analysis of data for MVRR surgery covers the same three-year period and includes the ten participants as well.  Historically, an estimated 4 to 8 percent of participants receive a three-star rating for isolated AVR surgery. The latest analysis of data for AVR surgery covers the same time frame and includes five participating surgeons. 

“The Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ three star ratings are among the most prestigious quality indicators for hospitals providing open heart surgery,” said Elizabeth A. Maiorana, MBA, MSN, R.N., CCCC, vice president, Cardiovascular Care Transformation Services, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Each reporting cycle, Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center have achieved three star ratings. New Jerseyans across our state should rest assured of the high-quality open heart surgical care provided at the academic medical centers, as they stand ready to accept patients, for advanced and expert care, who present at any of our Hackensack Meridian medical centers.”  

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