MDN: Le Bonheur Rated High For Pediatric Heart Surgeries
Consumer Reports has named Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital a top hospital for pediatric heart surgeries based on surgical outcomes from its Heart Institute.
The study used data compiled by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, a professional group representing heart and chest surgeons. In 2015, STS launched a voluntary public reporting program for congenital heart surgery, with 117 hospitals agreeing to submit data. Fifty of the hospitals agreed to share that information with Consumer Reports, making this the first such ratings of hospitals that perform pediatric heart surgery.
To rate a hospital, statisticians compared the percentage of its patients who die in the hospital or within 30 days of discharge, after adjusting for the difficulty of the patients’ cases, as determined by the types of procedures that were performed and how sick patients were at the time of surgery.