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BUMC Thoracic Surgery team earns three-star rating​

Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC) has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and lung cancer resection outcomes, specifically for its lobectomy for lung cancer care. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places BUMC among the elite for general thoracic surgery in the U.S. and Canada. Of more than 200 thoracic programs, only BUMC and eight other programs have earned this prestigious achievement.

“I thank and congratulate the entire Thoracic Surgery team and everyone who contributes to the quality patient care that earned this recognition. Working together, Baylor University Medical Center can be the leader in thoracic surgery—not only in Texas, but in the nation.” 

- David P. Mason, MD, Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplantation

“This three-star rating is clear evidence of long-term, intensely hard work by a dedicated team focused on quality and safety … day after day, year after year. I congratulate Dr. Mason and all involved in this impressive accomplishment!” 

- ​Steven R. Newton, FACHE, president of BUMC

The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in healthcare, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs in the U.S. and Canada. The General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD) star ratings are derived by testing whether the participant's composite or domain score is significantly different from the overall STS average for lobectomy for lung cancer performed by GTSD participants. 

STS General Thoracic Surgery Public Reporting offers a comparison of GTSD and national outcomes, demonstrating the high performance of GTSD participants. The latest analysis of data for lung cancer resection covers a 3-year period, from January 2015 through 2017, with167 patients undergoing lobectomy in that time period being evaluated.

“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 healthcare delivery and provides patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about healthcare.”

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The GTSD—the largest and most robust clinical thoracic surgical database in the U.S. and Canada—contains more than 556,000 general thoracic surgery procedure records and has approximately 1,000 participating surgeons.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 7,400 surgeons, researchers, and allied healthcare 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 Society’s mission is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.​

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