Ocala Health September 25, 2019

Ocala, FL — Ocala Health in partnership with Florida Heart and Lung Institute of Ocala and its Cardiothoracic Surgical program has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass grafting (AVR/CABG) procedures. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places Omeni Osian, MD among the elite for heart bypass surgery and aortic valve replacement in the United States and Canada.

The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada. The star rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

The latest analysis of data for CABG surgery covers a one-year period, from January 2018 to December 2018, while the AVR/CABG surgery covers a three-year period from January 2016 to December 2018. Historically, only approximately 10 percent - 12 percent of participants receive the three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery and less than 5 percent of participants receive the three-star rating for AVR/CABG. This data ranks Ocala Health's program as second highest among 87 HCA Healthcare's open heart programs.

"Ocala Regional Medical Center achieved the highest rating in heart surgery compared to other cardiac programs nationwide. This achievement is a demonstration of the patient-focused approach adopted by our multi-disciplinary team in the care of patients and families in need of heart surgery. We are motivated to continue the pursuit of excellence on behalf of our patients." says Omeni Osian, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery Medical Director, Ocala Health.

"The Society of Thoracic Surgeons congratulates STS National Database participants who have received three-star ratings," said David M. Shahian, MD, Chair of the STS Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety. "Participation in the Database and public reporting demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in health care delivery and helps provide patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about health care."

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The Database includes four components: the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD), and the mechanical circulatory support database (Intermacs).

The STS ACSD houses approximately 6.8 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 3,800 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists from more than 90 percent of groups that perform heart surgery in the US. STS Public Reporting Online enables STS ACSD participants to voluntarily report to each other and the public their heart surgery scores and star ratings.

About STS

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 7,600 surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. The Society's mission is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.

An STS National Database "Participant" is a cardiothoracic surgeon or group of cardiothoracic surgeons who agree to submit case records for analysis and comparison with benchmarking data for quality improvement initiatives.