Open-Heart Surgery

The Nebraska Heart Hospital open-heart surgery program consistently meets or exceeds national standards set by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Since the inception of the Nebraska Heart Hospital in 2003, we have completed more than 5,303 open-heart procedures. The most common open-heart surgery performed at the Nebraska Heart Hospital is coronary artery bypass grafting. However, our board-certified surgeons perform other heart, thoracic and vascular procedures.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has recently developed a comprehensive rating system that allows for comparisons regarding the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. A “3-star” rating denotes the highest category of quality. For 2014, Nebraska Heart Hospital had an overall open heart surgery composite quality rating of a 3-star as shown below.

Information provided by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). For more information please visit Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Reporting period for Clinical Process Measures: Q1 2014 to Q4 2014.

Quality Indicators  Nebraska
CABG In-Hospital Mortality 0.4% 1.7%
CABG – Any Complications 30.9% 37.4%
CABG Extubated in the OR 59.5% 2.5%
Extubated in < 6 hours 71.4%% 47.7%
Aortic Valve Replacement + CABG In-Hospital Mortality 0.0% 3.2%
Aortic Valve Replacement + CABG Readmission within 30 days 7.4% 11.7%