Lee Physician Group Cardiothoracic Surgery program has again earned a 3-star rating (the highest tier possible) for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery patient care by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). STS sets the highest standards for reporting cardiac program outcomes. The exemplary rating has been bestowed on the local program in two consecutive semi-annual reports covering the period of January 2014 – June 2015. Since they began calculating the scores, approximately 10 percent of rated providers have been able to achieve 3-star status.
Dr. DiGiorgi and three well-established colleagues, Randall Buss, M.D., George M. Comas, MD, and Brian Hummel, M.D., have played a vital role in the award-winning cardiac program. The team has extensive experience, performing 1,000 heart surgeries and 400 lung surgeries a year.
Earning a number of distinctions, the surgeries, procedures and techniques the cardiothoracic team performs are extraordinary, with comparable outcomes to larger institutions. Having such a highly regarded team of experts provide these services within our community spares families the added stress and expense of travelling to find this level of care.
DiGiorgi has also begun development for the Shipley Cardiothoracic Center – Innovation Education Research, which will expand upon the current cardiac care expertise by establishing an innovation hub focused on patient care optimization, research, and learning opportunities for surgical teams worldwide. Though many of the programs are already underway, construction must wait until the new children’s hospital is complete. Plans call for converting 10,000+ square feet of space currently used for pediatric services on the first floor of HealthPark Medical Center.
Nearly half the $6 million philanthropic goal needed to get the Shipley Cardiothoracic Center up and running has been raised. Those interested in making a donation can contact the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation at (239) 343-6058 or Foundation@leeMemorial.org.
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing over 7,000 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. The STS CABG composite score is calculated using a combination of 11 measures of quality divided into four broad categories or domains and is considered one of the most sophisticated and widely regarded overall measures of quality in health care. More information is available at: http://www.sts.org/sts-public-reporting-online/cabg-composite-score.