Utah Valley Hospital’s Heart Program Honored With Three-Star Rating by Society of Thoracic Surgeons


The heart program at Utah Valley Hospital recently earned a prestigious three-star rating by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, placing it in the top 10 percent of programs in the country for coronary artery bypass surgery.

Every cell in the body requires oxygen, and it’s the heart that gets it there.

The heart pumps beautiful oxygenated blood through the aorta where it eventually makes its way to every cell.

That’s where that whole “vital organ” thing comes in.

So, when heart problems arise — especially big ones requiring coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) — patients want to be in the care of cardiac specialists they can trust. The heart team at Utah Valley Hospital is just such a group of specialists.

In the most recent ratings by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), Utah Valley Hospital was awarded the prestigious three-star rating, indicating the top 10 percent of programs in the country.

“This comes from a whole-team effort, consistently implemented, that leads to positive measurable outcomes,” says John H. Mitchell, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon with the Utah Valley Hospital team.

Dr. Mitchell points out the important role specialists in a variety of areas make to the successful healing of patients in the heart unit. Every patient requires the assistance of surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, nurses, critical care professionals, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, operating room staff, respiratory therapists and pharmacists.

The STS database rankings are issued twice a year and the results are published in Consumer Reports. The ratings are based on 21 national data points that come from the voluntary reporting from 985 of the nation’s 1,100 heart programs.

“This shows that our program offers the best in heart surgery and that our local patients come here with the same level of confidence they would have with the best programs in the country,” Dr. Mitchell says.

Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett is an editor and writer with Bennett Communications. His primary responsibilities are with Utah Valley Magazine and the company's custom publications division. He's the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Adria, for 19 years. Contact Greg at greg.utahvalley360@gmail.com.

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