Highest-Rated Heart Program

Highest-Rated Program for Heart Surgery

The UF Health Heart Surgery Program at Halifax Health is among the top 10% of heart programs in the nation awarded the highest 3-star rating* by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). STS is a non-profit organization that represents more than 7,000 surgeons, researchers and healthcare professionals worldwide.

What is the STS rating based on?

The STS rating is based on the performance provided by the UF Health cardiothoracic surgeons and Halifax Health's surgical team during heart bypass surgery as well as post-surgery indicators that have been determined to provide the best outcomes for patients. These are considered the gold standards in tracking the performance of any heart program.

The data used is from patients’ medical records. The indicators for the rating is based on the following:

  • What procedure the surgeon performed
  • Whether patients survived the surgery
  • What complications, if any, occurred to the patient during or after the surgery
  • What medications were provided before and after surgery to the patient to ensure the best possible outcomes.

In order to create fairness in ratings, if a hospital cares for older, higher risk patients, the data is adjusted accordingly against patients who are younger and healthier.

What does this mean for you or your loved one?

UF Health Heart Surgery Program at Halifax Health is among the top 10% of heart programs in the nation that provides the very best in surgical care for heart bypass surgery. This means you have expert cardiothoracic surgeons in east central Florida, keeping you close to home during a time that matters most. A win-win for our community!

Halifax Health is very proud to have University of Florida faculty surgeons within our walls in Daytona Beach, because they uphold the highest quality of surgical performance for our patients. 

*Data based on the current analysis of national data on cardiac surgery performance covering the period from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 through The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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