Cardiovascular surgery

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Rated among the nation’s top heart surgery programs

Only 12 to 15 percent of cardiovascular programs in the nation are awarded three stars – the highest possible rating – from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ (STS) annual report on coronary artery bypass surgery programs.

ETMC is among these elite programs to receive three stars. We’re especially pleased because the STS program, unlike some other “quality rating” programs, requires no fee or reimbursement for participating.*

But we’re even more pleased for our patients — the individuals behind the numbers who deserve nothing less than three-star performance from their heart hospital.

This is advanced cardiac care that changes lives. And it’s the heart of ETMC’s commitment to you.

*The report, submitted by the Duke University Clinical Research Institute to the STS for the period of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013, reviews the coronary artery bypass surgery programs of more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals. It analyzes and compares statistics on operative mortality, absence of major morbidity (complications), the use of internal mammary artery grafts and the use of all evidence-based perioperative medications. ETMC’s composite score was rated in the top tier of hospitals.

Advancing surgical care for heart patients in East Texas

Heart surgery patients at ETMC benefit from the specialized facilities, extensively trained staff and unique design of the cardiac surgery suites. Increased safety is built into the floor plan of the ETMC Cardiovascular Institute. Two dedicated cardiac surgery suites are connected to the catheterization lab and the cardiovascular ICU. This arrangement saves time and improves the coordination of care for critically ill heart patients.

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It gives you that extra margin of safety. ETMC was committed to building a first-rate institution that gives first-rate care.”
– Stephen Sigal, MD, Cardiologist
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“We think it’s ideal, especially for sicker patients. The anesthesiologists, the cardiac surgeons and the cardiologist all really work together, and that seems to be a better system.”
– Charles Lee, MD, Cardiothoracic surgeon