McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center’s Cardiac Program earns a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Springfield, OR –McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center has achieved a significant milestone, earning a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures. This three-star rating, the highest category of quality, places McKenzie-Willamette among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada. It’s worth noting that McKenzie-Willamette is one of only three cardiac programs in Oregon to earn this prestigious rating and the sole one in Lane County.

The STS star rating system, renowned as one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, meticulously rates the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada. This star rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant. It’s a rigorous process; approximately 20% of participants receive a three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery. The latest analysis of data for CABG surgery covers a 3-year period, from January 2020 through December 2022, and includes 233 participants.

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The Database includes four components:

· The Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD)

· The Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD)

· The General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD)

· The mechanical circulatory support database (Intermacs)

The STS ACSD houses approximately 6.9 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 3,800 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists from more than 90% of groups that perform heart surgery in the US. STS public reporting

online enables STS ACSD participants to voluntarily report their heart surgery scores and star ratings to each other and the public.


About McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center

McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, a 113-bed community hospital accredited by The Joint Commission, offers a wide range of services. In 2018, a $115 million expansion and renovation project enhanced these services. With Level III Trauma Center accreditation, the emergency department maintains a 30-minutes-or-less service pledge. McKenzie-Willamette’s services include cardiology and cardiovascular surgery through McKenzie Heart, Lung, and Vascular Center. Other key hospital services are obstetrics, general surgery, orthopedics, radiology, rehabilitation, robotic surgery, telemedicine, and wound care. For more information, visit McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center is owned in part by physicians.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 7,600 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.