Centra Lynchburg General Hospital Recognized in National Consumer Study for Heart Surgery

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Centra Lynchburg General Hospital Recognized in National Consumer Study for Heart Surgery

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Consumers nationwide can now see what heart patients in Central Virginia already know; Centra Lynchburg General Hospital is one of the best hospitals nationally for heart surgery. 

Centra is one of roughly 70 hospitals in the country to be recognized by a consumer analysis of best hospitals for heart surgery. Lynchburg General Hospital is one of fewer than 20 medical centers in the country that earned top scores in both aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass surgery.

The ratings are published in partnership with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), which collects data from patients’ charts in areas of outcome, including complications and death, surgical technique used and use of appropriate medications. 

Notably, STS awarded Centra with its highest rating of three stars for its open-heart surgery program earlier this year. Centra is one of 11 hospitals across the country to receive the distinguished status of three-star performance in all three categories.

This consumer analysis list ranks almost 500 hospitals nationwide on how they perform on open heart surgery. Those participating in this registry are hospitals that have chosen to make their data public with the goal of improving open heart surgery outcomes across the country.

“This is a testament to our entire heart team,” said Kenneth Saum, M.D., Medical Director of Centra’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Division. “Receiving this rating is an assurance to our patients and the region we serve that we are providing the best heart care the country has to offer.”

Centra’s heart team consists of 32 physicians and 21 advanced practitioners. These providers care for patients in 7 locations across the region. Centra’s cardiovascular services are led by an integrated team of providers who are nationally recognized for their contributions in advancing patient care, positive clinical outcomes and research. The heart center also includes a team of cardiovascular dedicated health care staff, who together provide care to thousands of patients annually.

For more information about Centra’s cardiovascular and thoracic programs, please visit, StroobantsCardiovascular.com.