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Johns Hopkins Medicine Suburban - NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital Celebrates Great Outcomes, Outreach and Research

New Directions Winter 2012

NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital Celebrates Great Outcomes, Outreach and Research

Date: November 1, 2012

February may be designated Heart Month, but Suburban Hospital is thinking about your heart all year long so that we are here for you if or when you need us. Patients at the NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital are part of a unique program—combining the clinical expertise of an established heart surgery program and the resources of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition to achieving outstanding clinical outcomes, the program advances the understanding of heart care through research and education programs.

Great Outcomes

Patients who come to Suburban Hospital for heart surgery tend to be sicker than average and their surgeries are often more complex. Despite this, the cumulative surgical outcomes since the program began in 2006 are better than those at other hospitals in the region and nation as measured by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Cardiac Database, the nation’s benchmark for cardiac surgery outcomes.

• Suburban Hospital patients return home after surgery 2–3 days sooner.

• Suburban’s readmission rate is 7 percent, compared to 11 percent at peer hospitals regionally and 10 percent nationally.

• The incidence of atrial fibrillation in heart patients after surgery (a rapid, irregular heartbeat that is a risk factor for stroke) is 13 percent, compared to 23 percent in the region and 24 percent nationally.

• Suburban has a 100 percent success rate in repairing mitral valves, rather than replacing them.

• NIH Heart Center Cardiothoracic Surgeons Keith Horvath, M.D., Philip Corcoran, M.D., and Michael Siegenthaler, M.D., have performed more than 2,500 operations since the program began six years ago.

A unique “Universal Bed Model” contributes to the strong outcomes. Unlike most medical centers, where heart surgery patients are transferred several times during their recovery in the hospital, Suburban’s cardiac surgery patients stay in one room that is adapted to their changing needs, from pre-operative care through discharge.


Most importantly, patients at Suburban Hospital have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of research studies through which those eligible can receive promising new tests and treatments not typically available at other community hospitals. Currently, Suburban Hospital and its research partners are enrolling patients in many cardiothoracic research studies, several of which are described below.

To Learn more | For more information about heart care at Suburban Hospital, visit Cardiac Care.