The Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been dedicated to the treatment of all patients, from newborns to adults, with congenital heart defects ranging from the most straightforward to the extremely complex. We offer a comprehensive approach to heart care that is based on a multidisciplinary team model. This model enables our team to constantly monitor quality of care and patient safety pre- and post-surgery to assure the best possible outcomes.
Under the ten-year program leadership of Mark Galantowicz, MD, he has built a team of surgeons that have the training and experience to excel in a full range of pediatric and adult surgical procedures for congenital cardiac disorders — performing more than 500 procedures a year. With the leadership and combined research of Patrick I. McConnell, MD, and Toshiharu Shinoka, MD, PhD, they are developing innovative approaches to cardiovascular surgery and recovery. For example, the use of mechanical assist devices and associated therapies that target heart recovery and bioengineering tissue for use in surgery.
Our patients that require an invasive procedure go through a case review process with our team to determine their treatment path. Our team combines the knowledge and expertise of cardiologists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, researchers, intensivists, advance practice nurses, technologists and clinical staff. Each team member plays an active role in determining the best course of care for our patients. With the combined side-by-side involvement with our patients and families, we are able to provide quality care and receive optimal patient outcomes.
To ensure our program and outcomes are held at the highest standards, we participate in several national databases and registries as well as advisory panels where issues of value (outcomes/cost) are reviewed. With this comprehensive look, we are able to develop quality improvement initiatives and measurements that will continue to lead and enhance cardiac care around the country.
According to the latest Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) database, The Heart Center is designated a high-volume center with outcomes ranking among the best. During the most recent year (2013) for STAT category 5 (most complex surgery level) The Heart Center’s mortality rate was 2.9% compared to the STS all participant average of 15.2%.
According to the latest Society of Thoracic Surgery (STS) database, The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s outcomes rank among the best among high-volume centers for both children and adults undergoing congenital heart surgery. The Heart Center’s 2011 mortality rate for children was 1.9% and for adults 0%, while the 4-year (2008–2011) average for children was 0.5% and adults 0.8%.
Our bloodless, open-heart surgery target was 50%. And we exceeded it.
With the goal of limiting or eliminating blood transfusion, our comprehensive team of perioperative nurses, cardiologists, intensivists, anesthesiologists and perfusionists work together, and have the expertise to deliver the latest advances, developments, standards and nonblood therapies. As pioneers in bloodless surgery, we accept the responsibility for setting standards and teaching others to the benefit of all patients everywhere.
A multidisciplinary team delivering tailored care leads to better cardiothoracic surgical outcomes.
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