Outcomes

Outcomes

Surgical outcomes, including survival rates and length-of-stay in the hospital, are important factors to consider when you have a child who needs surgery. Families can rest assured that the trusted team at Children’s Hospital provides congenital heart surgery and postoperative care, with outcomes that surpass national averages.

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Top hospital for congenital heart disease Penn State Children's Hospital named top hospital for congenital heart disease

Some 40,000 babies are born with congenital heart disease each year, with many requiring surgery. But until recently, it’s been hard for families to identify high-quality pediatric heart centers or individual surgeons.

We’re so proud to be the TOP on the list in the northeast!

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Pediatric heart surgical outcomes

The pediatric heart surgery program has been recognized nationally for outstanding surgical results. In a recent report, covering 2012-2015, including 117 institutions, Penn State Children’s Hospital was one of eight programs to receive a 3-star rating, the highest possible, from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). This rating recognizes that survival after surgery was significantly higher than expected.

The STS congenital heart surgery database is a national registry that collects and analyzes patient outcomes associated with the repair of congenital heart defects.

The following figures are based upon the most recent STS report including the four-year period from 2012 to 2015. The analysis includes “risk-adjustment,” a mechanism that accounts for differences in patient characteristics and surgical complexity in order to facilitate a fair comparison of results.   

Overall survival reflects the percentage of patients having cardiovascular surgery who survive to be discharged home from the hospital. The Children’s Hospital pediatric and congenital heart surgery overall survival rate of approximately 99% is significantly better than the national average of approximately 97%, and has repeatedly been among the very best in the country.
Overall survival reflects the percentage of patients having cardiovascular surgery who survive to be discharged home from the hospital. The Children’s Hospital pediatric and congenital heart surgery overall survival rate of approximately 99% is significantly better than the national average of approximately 97%, and has repeatedly been among the very best in the country.
The STS report pays particular attention to a group of ten “benchmark” operations that are believed to represent of the quality of a program. This analysis allows families to see how programs perform in the management of specific heart defects. As shown, Children’s Hospital performs very well across the spectrum of congenital heart operations.
The STS report pays particular attention to a group of ten “benchmark” operations that are believed to represent of the quality of a program. This analysis allows families to see how programs perform in the management of specific heart defects. As shown, Children’s Hospital performs very well across the spectrum of congenital heart operations.
Length of stay describes how many days a patient is in the hospital after surgery. Many experts consider length of stay to be a marker of the quality of the initial operation and of the subsequent care following surgery. Length of stay can also reflect the efficiency and expertise of a heart center in the management of the overall recovery process. Patients at Children’s Hospital experience lengths of stay that are roughly half as long as national norms for most benchmark operations.
Length of stay describes how many days a patient is in the hospital after surgery. Many experts consider length of stay to be a marker of the quality of the initial operation and of the subsequent care following surgery. Length of stay can also reflect the efficiency and expertise of a heart center in the management of the overall recovery process. Patients at Children’s Hospital experience lengths of stay that are roughly half as long as national norms for most benchmark operations.
Overall risk-adjusted survival may be considered the single most important descriptor of a program’s quality of outcomes. Risk-adjusted calculations use sophisticated modeling to account for important differences in patient characteristics that may influence the expected survival. The overall risk-adjusted survival at Children's Hospital is significantly better than the national average and is among the very best in the country.
Overall risk-adjusted survival may be considered the single most important descriptor of a program’s quality of outcomes. Risk-adjusted calculations use sophisticated modeling to account for important differences in patient characteristics that may influence the expected survival. The overall risk-adjusted survival at Children's Hospital is significantly better than the national average and is among the very best in the country.
Congenital heart operations are ranked into five categories based upon expected survival. Operations with the highest expected survival are in Risk Category 1, and those with the lowest expected survival are in Risk Category 5. Children’s Hospital performs very well across all levels, especially for patients having complex operations in the higher risk categories.
Congenital heart operations are ranked into five categories based upon expected survival. Operations with the highest expected survival are in Risk Category 1, and those with the lowest expected survival are in Risk Category 5. Children’s Hospital performs very well across all levels, especially for patients having complex operations in the higher risk categories.
This figure shows risk-adjusted survival for four age groups: neonates less than 1 month, infants less than 1 year, children less than 18 years and finally all patients, including adults with congenital heart disease. The risk-adjusted survival at Children’s Hospital for infants, children, and patients overall is significantly better than the national average.
This figure shows risk-adjusted survival for four age groups: neonates less than 1 month, infants less than 1 year, children less than 18 years and finally all patients, including adults with congenital heart disease. The risk-adjusted survival at Children’s Hospital for infants, children, and patients overall is significantly better than the national average.