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Rochester General Hospital Ranks 4th in the Nation For Major Cardiac Surgery

February 22, 2013

Sands-Constellation Heart Institute Also Takes Top Spot in New York State

For the third year in a row, Rochester General Hospital’s Sands-Constellation Heart Institute has been recognized for excellence in major cardiac surgery from CareChex®, a quality rating service of the Delta Group. The top five national cardiac surgery programs included Rochester General along with Cleveland Clinic and Duke University, with RGH ranking first in New York State for the 2013 report.

The CareChex awards are based on an institution’s cumulative performance across the most recent three years of Federal Fiscal year data on quality criteria including mortality and complication rates, patient satisfaction reports, and patient safety indicators, and inpatient quality indicators.

Rochester General Health System leadership attributes the Heart Institute’s high success rates to its pursuit of literal perfection. Led by nationally recognized cardiac surgeon Ronald Kirshner, MD, the Institute embraces a team-based philosophy founded on the belief that optimal patient outcomes depend on the expertise and commitment of everyone involved in patient care. The team has established a streamlined environment that reduces surgical times and minimizes delays, which in turn decreases the risks of complications and infections.

“This latest recognition is a terrific validation of the talent and hard work of our Rochester General team members – and their tireless dedication to our growing community of patients,” said Mark C. Clement, President and CEO of Rochester General Health System. “Objective measurements like those used by CareChex help patients, employers and insurers gain a clearer picture of the quality and value of health care services in their communities. That transparency is vital in this new era of health care reform.”

CareChex also ranked RGH #2 among hospitals in New York for Overall Medical Care and Overall Hospital Care.

Rochester General Health System and its affiliates are frequently recognized by national organizations for clinical excellence, quality and value. In addition to the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute, RGH has been named a Breast Center of Excellence by the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc.; a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery; and a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) by the AAFL and Surgical Review Corporation.

For the complete 2013 CareChex report and a full analysis of hospital performance data, visit www.carechex.com.