SMH Cardiac Surgeons Earn Heartfelt Results

SMH Cardiac Surgeons Earn Heartfelt Results

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SARASOTA (Feb. 14, 2017) – Sarasota Memorial Hospital has earned 3-Star ratings from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for overall quality and clinical outcomes in all three adult cardiac surgery procedures the national organization measures:  aortic valve replacement (AVR), coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and AVR combined with CABG surgery. 

The 3-star ratings, which denote the highest category of quality, place SMH’s cardiac surgeons ( among the best of nearly 4,000 surgeons and providers in the United States and Canada participating in the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, officials announced at Sarasota Memorial’s fifth annual Cardiac Summit on Saturday. 

Sarasota Memorial’s Cardiac Surgeons, from left: Thomas Kelly, MD; Jonathan Fong, MD (sitting), Paul Vesco, MD; Jeffrey Sell, MD (Sarasota Memorial’s Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery); and Jonathan Hoffberger, DO.
“As the nation observes American Heart Month and takes stock of their heart health this month, our community and cardiac team has much to be proud of,” Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder said. “Our surgical outcomes continue to place us among the nation’s top heart hospitals. Achieving 3-star ratings in all of the adult cardiac procedures STS measures is truly the pinnacle of excellence.”

Only 11 participating hospitals achieved the 3-Star ratings across the board – for overall care and clinical outcomes achieved in isolated CABG, isolated AVR and CABG+AVR procedures.  

The star rankings are the latest in a string of awards and accolades that Sarasota Memorial Hospital has received the past few years. In January 2017, Sarasota Memorial was the only hospital in Florida that earned a 5-star rating from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In 2016-2017, SMH also ranked among America’s 50 Best Heart Hospitals and the 100 Top Hospitals for overall care (

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The database houses more than 6 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 3,700 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists from more than 90 percent of hospitals that perform heart surgery in the United States.  

“The Society of Thoracic Surgeons congratulates STS National Database participants who have received three-star ratings,” said David M. Shahian, MD, Chair of the STS Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety. “Participation in the Database and public reporting demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in health care delivery and provides patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about health care.”

About Sarasota Memorial
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits a year. Sarasota Memorial’s flagship 819-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s largest, and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services– from urgent care clinics and physician groups, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, to home health and skilled nursing & rehabilitation. 

About the STS National Database
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 7,400 surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest.