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Bypass surgery program lauded

Feb. 15, 2018, 9:22 AM

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) was recognized as the No. 1 hospital in Tennessee for Medical Excellence in Coronary Bypass Surgery by CareChex in its 2018 Quality Rating Analysis.

According to CareChex, an information service of Quantros Inc, VUMC is ranked among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation and the region for coronary bypass surgery.

“This distinction is a reflection of the dedicated day-in, day-out efforts of an outstanding team of cardiac surgeons, nurse practitioners and nurses,” said Daniel Munoz, MD, MPA, medical director of Quality for Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI). “It also speaks volumes about Dr. Shah’s leadership and his unrelenting focus on the provision of the highest quality care built on key partnerships with Cardiology and Cardiac Anesthesiology.”

“Coronary bypass surgery has been around for more than 50 years, and during this time, our patients have become older and sicker,” said Ashish Shah, MD, holder of the Alfred Blalock Directorship in Cardiac Surgery and chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery. “Despite this, outcomes have improved and that’s a credit to teams that work together every day.”

Other CareChex rankings for VHVI include:

  • Cardiac Care — top 10 percent both nationally and regionally. No. 1 in the state.
  • Heart Attack Treatment — top 10 percent in nation, region and state.
  • Heart Failure Treatment — top 10 percent in nation, region and state.

CareChex specializes in rating and ranking the quality of hospital and physician care using both public and proprietary measures of performance including process of care, outcomes of care, and patient satisfaction.

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