Orlando Health Receives Highest Quality Rating for Heart Care and Cancer Care

September 29, 2015

Orlando Health received an Overall 3 Star Rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for quality care provided to patients undergoing bypass surgery and lobectomy for lung cancer. Only ten percent of hospitals receive a 3 Star Rating.

ORLANDO, Fla. (September 30, 2015) --- Orlando Health received an Overall 3 Star Rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for quality care provided to patients undergoing bypass surgery and lobectomy for lung cancer. The 3 Star Rating, the highest mark, is a quality score based on hospital statistics and outcomes in the Society’s National Adult Cardiac Surgery Database and the Society’s General Thoracic Database. Only ten percent of hospitals receive a 3 Star Rating.

Orlando Health’s cardiac surgery performance met the criteria for the highest quality level during the most recent evaluation period —January 2014 through December 2014.

“The 3 Star Rating means we are in the top tier for quality in the delivery of cardiovascular care in comparison to all programs nationwide,” said Jeffrey Bott, MD, thoracic surgery chair, Orlando Regional Medical Center, a part of Orlando Health, and cardiothoracic surgeon, Orlando Health Heart Institute.  “The achievement is a demonstration of our commitment to be the best we can be and remain a leader in cardiac care.”

The bypass surgery rating reflects the daily contributions of the Heart Institute’s team of clinicians and the continuous quality improvement efforts of a voluntary, self-run quality council.

“The Heart Institute’s council is made up of nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, infection control specialists, risk managers, administrators, doctors and other staff working together for continued quality improvement,”said Dr. Bott. “The council’s work includes initiatives and care reviews for each of our processes including pre-surgical preparation, surgical management, avoidance of complications and death and post-surgical medical management.

The Overall 3 Star Rating for bypass surgery represents four areas of quality outcomes:
  1. Absence of Mortality (Deaths)
  2. Absence of Morbidity (Complications)
  3. Use of Internal Mammary Arteries (Arteries located in the chest and commonly used in bypass surgery because they have been shown to have the best long-term results.)
  4. Medications (Patients are discharged with proper medications and instructions.)
The cardiac database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, now contains more than 7 million surgical records, represents an estimated 90 percent of all adult cardiac surgery centers across the United States.
The thoracic surgery program at UF-Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health has participated in The Society for Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Database since 2007.
“By voluntarily submitting and analyzing our results with lung cancer surgery and other procedures performed, we consistently look for opportunities to improve our outcomes and provide a better and safe patient experience,” said Luis Herrera, MD, thoracic surgeon, UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health.

“Achieving a 3 star rating in lobectomy for lung cancer reflects the dedication and collaborative approach to the surgical care of lung cancer patients.”

The Overall 3 Star Rating for lobectomy represents three areas of quality outcomes:
  1. Absence of Mortality (Deaths)
  2. Absence of Morbidity (Complications)
  3. Achieving a high proportion of surgery using a minimally invasive approach. 
The UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health successfully performed over 79 percent of lung cancer surgeries using a robotic or a less invasive approach. This decreased pain, length of stay and complications for patients resulting in a safer surgery and quicker overall recovery. 

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About Orlando Health 

Orlando Health is a $3.4 billion not-for-profit healthcare organization with more than 2,400 beds serving Central Florida and beyond. Consisting of eight wholly-owned or affiliated hospitals and rehabilitation centers, Orlando Health has the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics, and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. They are: Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC); Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children; Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies; Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center; Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital; Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital; Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital; Orlando Health South Lake Hospital; affiliate, St. Cloud Regional Medical Center.

The organization includes Orlando Health Medical Group and Orlando Health Physician Associates, two of the region’s largest multi-specialty practices; a renowned cancer center – Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center (with free-standing sites in downtown Orlando, the Dr. Phillips community in southwest Orlando, Lake Mary, Ocoee and Clermont); four outpatient surgery centers; 10 wholly-owned, affiliated or partnership urgent care centers; and a majority interest inan entity operating five outpatient imaging centers.

More than 2,900 physicians have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with more than 20,000 employees who support our philosophy of providing high-quality care and service that revolves around patients’ needs. Orlando Health proves this everyday with more than 112,000 inpatient admissions, more than 2.4 million outpatient visits and more than 10,000 international patients each year. Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $450 million in total value to the community in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more.

Media Contacts:
Sabrina Childress
Media Relations & Public Affairs Manager
Orlando Regional Medical Center
321.841.8748
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Katie Dagenais, M.A.
Media Relations & Public Affairs Manager
UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health
407.242.0305 
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