Sequoia Hospital Announces Best Aortic Valve Replacement Operative Mortality, 2005-2009

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Best Aortic Valve Replacement Operative Mortality

REDWOOD CITY, CA – June 21, 2010 – Sequoia Hospital announced today receiving the best percentile for five-year performance in Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR) Operative Mortality from 2005-2009 according to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Database Report. Out of 955 participating sites, Sequoia Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute achieved the most favorable performance in the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database national report. This is the fourth semi-annual report in a row Sequoia has achieved the 100th percentile among STS participants in Operative Mortality for Aortic Valve Replacement - 90% percent of hospitals performing adult cardiac surgery participate in the STS National Database.

“Sequoia Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute is one of the predominate referral centers for the most complex cardiac cases in California because of our outstanding clinical outcomes,” said Glenna Vaskelis, President and CEO. “Our cardiac surgeons have national reputations for superior results. When combined with our experienced nurses and staff, our patients and community benefit.”

“Heart operations are inherently dangerous and reserved for those who truly require them. These results are the product of an outstanding team and we take tremendous pride in this achievement,” said Dr. Luis Castro of Pacific Coast Cardiac and Vascular Surgeons. “We have better survival results than most renowned heart centers around the country and world, and we are able to achieve these results using minimally invasive techniques in the vast majority of patients.”

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons national database offers outcome programs in the areas of Adult Cardiac, General Thoracic and Congenital surgery. By committing to collecting outcomes data to the STS National Database, surgeons are committing to improving the quality of care that their cardiothoracic surgery patients receive.

The Sequoia Heart and Vascular Institute ranks among the nation's leading providers of cardiovascular care. Sequoia’s cardiologists continue to pioneer leading research and the development of new technologies from A-Fib ablation techniques and heart rhythm management devices to being on the forefront of interventional therapies for Chronic Total Occlusion. Sequoia’s patients in need of cardiovascular surgery are treated by nationally renowned surgeons. Sequoia is the leading institute for cardiovascular medicine.

About Sequoia Hospital
Sequoia Hospital is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital providing innovative and exceptional healthcare to Bay Area residents. With a nationwide reputation for pioneering advanced cardiac care, Sequoia’s Heart and Vascular Institute is designated as a 2009 Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California. Sequoia also excels in the areas of stroke care, emergency services, and birth center services. Voted “A Family Favorite 2009 Best Hospital” by readers of Bay Area Parent magazine, Sequoia ranks in the top percentile of U.S. hospitals for patient satisfaction and is a leader in quality and safety initiatives. To learn more, please visit:

About The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing almost 6,000 surgeons, researchers, and allied health professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible heart, lung, esophageal, and other surgical procedures for the chest. Founded in 1964, the mission of STS is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy. To learn more, please visit

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