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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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!
Pediatric heart surgical outcomes
The pediatric heart surgery program has been recognized nationally for outstanding surgical results. In a recent report, covering 2012-2016, 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.
- Read more about our 3 Star rating
- Read more about the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) report
- Visit STS Congenital Heart Surgery Public Reporting
- View STS outcomes for Penn State Children’s Hospital
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.