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NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital Receives High Rating from Consumer Reports - 08/11/2011

NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital Receives High Rating from Consumer Reports

Release Date: August 11, 2011

Bethesda, Md., (August 11, 2011) – In an article entitled “The Business of Healing Hearts,” Consumer Reports has published ratings of 324 heart surgery groups from all over the United States. The NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital was one of only two heart programs in Maryland to receive a three-star rating.

The ratings allow consumers to compare cardiac surgical groups that perform heart bypass surgery based on overall performance, complications, and other quality measures.  The data used to compile the rankings were collected from July 1, 2009 to July 30, 2010 by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).   The STS gathers information from more than 90 percent of the approximately 1,100 surgical groups in the U.S. that perform cardiac surgery.   Of the 324 surgical groups that were rated, 81 of them, including the NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital, received three stars.  

“We are proud to be recognized by Consumer Reports,” said Dr. Keith Horvath, Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery, NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital.  “This honor reflects the special care provided by an exceptional team at Suburban Hospital.”

About Suburban Hospital

Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, that has served Montgomery County and the surrounding area for more than 65 years. Suburban Hospital is distinguished by a cutting-edge stroke program; level II trauma center; centers of excellence in cardiac care, orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, neurosciences and oncology; state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools; and affiliations with world-class institutions, including the neighboring National Institutes of Health.

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