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Heart Surgeons receive national recognition

 CT SurgeonsCongratulations to King’s Daughters Medical Center cardiothoracic surgeons Robert Fried, M.D., and J.C. MacHannaford, M.D., who have been recognized in the September edition of Consumer Reports magazine for outstanding performance in coronary artery bypass grafting.

Drs. Fried and MacHannaford received a three-star rating, the highest possible. No one in this region achieved the three-star rating. In fact, only a handful of groups (in Lexington, Louisville and London, Ky. and Morgantown, W.Va.) matched King's Daughters. In Ohio, you'd have to travel all the way to Toledo to find a group that compares.

In determining the rankings, Consumer Reports used data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons' Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, which includes more than 4 million surgical records. The rating is based on using optimal surgical technique, administration of recommended medications, patient survival and absence of surgical complications. The study period was July 1, 2009 through July 30, 2010.

Congratulations to the surgeons and to the entire open heart surgery team at King's Daughters – from pre-op to the operating rooms, from the physician office to the Cardiovascular Intensive Care and Heart and Vascular Surgery units, from quality management to discharge and more.

Our surgeons – in fact the whole team – works hard to deliver the best quality care. Recognition of this sort – from a credible, nationally known, consumer-driven organization is especially meaningful because patients and families know Consumer Reports to be rigorous, unbiased and thoughtful in their evaluations and ratings.

Ratings were based on 11 standardized quality measures for heart bypass surgery, which are endorsed by the National Quality Forum as well as the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services.

Quality measures used in determining the rankings include:

* Use of optimal surgical technique (the chance that a patient will receive at least one graft involving an internal mammary artery, which improves long-term survival)
* Adherence to medication guidelines, including beta blockers, aspirin and statins
* 30-day survival, and
* Surgical complications, including time on the ventilator, sternal wound infections, kidney failure, stroke and re-operation for post-op bleeding or other causes.

This summer, we welcomed our third cardiothoracic surgeon, Eric Bronstein, M.D., as the newest member of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Kentucky. Dr. Bronstein shares his colleagues’ commitment to outstanding quality and care.


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