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The Heart & Vascular Center Receives a 3 Star Rating

November 29, 2010

The Heart & Vascular Center Receives a “3 Star” Rating: The Highest Given by The Society for Thoracic Surgeons!

Brandon, FL – The Heart & Vascular Center at Brandon Regional Hospital is proud to announce it has received a “3 Star” rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for quality care in cardiac surgery. As one of over 1000 hospitals to participate in STS data collection, Brandon Regional Hospital is among the 12-15 percent of heart surgery programs nationally to receive the “3 Star” rating. This is the highest quality tier!

“The ‘3 Star’ rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons,” explains Dr. Bradley Bufkin with Cardiac Surgical Associates of Florida, “reflects the level of expertise, commitment and professionalism of the staff and physicians at the Heart & Vascular Center at Brandon Regional Hospital.”

The STS is a professional not-for-profit organization representing 6,000 surgeons, researchers, and allied health professionals worldwide. The STS maintains the largest clinical outcomes database for cardiothoracic patients in the United States with more than three million cardiothoracic procedures represented. Unlike many widely publicized rating systems, no coding or marketing efforts influence the rating system. In order to achieve this high rating, the hospital had to exceed or come within range in four critical areas of evaluation; avoidance of mortality, avoidance of morbidity, use of the internal mammary artery and appropriate medication administration.

“We are extremely proud and grateful to our entire team for this ‘3 Star’ rating,” comments Mike Fencel, CEO, Brandon Regional Hospital. “It truly reflects the effort put forth by all members of our team to ensure the best in clinical outcomes and utilization. The fact that so few hospitals achieve this designation validates the commitment and effort it takes to obtain this designation. Our community should feel proud of this and take comfort in the high quality cardiac surgery services available at Brandon Regional Hospital.”

Brandon Regional Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Center offer the latest diagnosis and treatment options for cardiac conditions. Drs. Bradley Bufkin and Ignacio Duarte with Cardiac Surgical Associates, offer expertise in coronary artery bypass surgery, minimally invasive atrial fibrillation surgery, complex aortic root replacement, thoracic surgery, adult congenital heart disease surgery and heart valve surgery. As specialists in heart valve surgery, 98% of patients with mitral regurgitation undergo the preferred procedure of mitral valve repair rather than replacement. Additionally, the surgeons are leaders in implantation of stentless aortic valves. The Heart & Vascular Center also proudly offers almost exclusively, endoscopic vein and artery harvesting, leading to less pain and faster recovery periods.

Brandon Regional Hospital is a 407-bed acute care facility with a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, Certified Primary Stroke Center and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. More than 74,000 babies have been born and cared for in The Baby Suites and our specialized centers, including The Neuroscience Center and The Heart and Vascular Center, offer the latest diagnosis and treatment options for neurological, spine and cardiac conditions. The hospital emergency services include public access to average wait times and the latest in technology, including robotic surgery for gynecological and urological conditions and CyberKnife for the non-invasive treatment of select cancers.


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