Health First's Holmes Regional Earns Top Rating for Bypass Surgery
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (July 8, 2015) – Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center has earned the top rating for Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) procedures, also known as bypass surgery, from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). For the reporting period of Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2014, Holmes Regional was in the top 10 percent of 1,006 participating U.S. hospitals based on the STS-developed comprehensive rating system.
“We are very proud of our team at the Heart Center at Health First’s Holmes Regional for their dedication to providing the best care for our community,” said Dr. Scott Gettings, Chief Medical Officer for Health First. “This prestigious rating means patients can count on the highest level of cardiac care right here in Brevard County.”
The top rating designates the highest category of quality and means bypass surgery results are statistically better than the national mean. CABG is a procedure where blood vessels from the patient’s leg, arm or chest wall to bypass blocked and narrowed arteries and restore adequate blood flow to the heart muscle.
STS developed the comprehensive rating system based upon the risk-adjusted data in four categories:
Avoidance of mortality
Avoidance of morbidity (percentage of patients who leave hospital with no serious complications such as stroke or kidney failure)
Use of the internal mammary artery from the chest wall during surgery, shown to lead to better results
Use of four prescribed medications following surgery, shown to improve results
Founded in 1964, the STS is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 6,400 surgeons, researchers and allied healthcare professionals worldwide.