Le Bonheur's Heart Institute named among top 10 nationally, touts 90 percent survival rate for complex pediatric heart procedure

Institute exceeds national average for success, receives highest possible rating from Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Feb 12, 2016, 12:28 ET from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Le Bonheur's Heart Institute recently received the highest possible three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Only 10 of the STS's 117 participating programs received a three-star rating in the Fall 2015 STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database Feedback Report.

The STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database compiles data from pediatric heart programs across the country and publishes surgical outcome information twice a year. Participating programs receive a one- to three-star rating semi-annually. The ratings are based on STS's mortality risk model, which takes into account the hospital's number of actual mortalities versus expected mortalities for a certain illness or condition. The average survival rates for the majority of heart surgeries at Le Bonheur are higher than the national average – especially in the most complex like the Norwood procedure – according to the STS report.

To read more about how this recognition helps the Heart Institute's team create a new blueprint for expansion, and for other highlights and breakthroughs in pediatric medicine, visit our physician's magazine, Delivering on a Promise.

About Le Bonheur Children's Hospital                                                                                  
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., treats more than 250,000 children each year through community programs, regional clinics and a 255 bed state-of-the-art hospital.  Le Bonheur serves as a primary teaching affiliate for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and trains more than 350 pediatricians and specialists each year. Nationally recognized, Le Bonheur is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children's Hospital. 

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Media Contact: David Henson, David.Henson@lebonheur.org, 1-901-287-6030

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