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Munroe Regional’s Munroe Heart Program Recognized in Consumer Reports Magazine


September 2011 issue Munroe Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that Munroe Heart's cardiothoracic surgeons are listed in the September issue of Consumer Reports magazine as being one of five surgical groups in Florida rated above average for Open Heart surgery results based on data provided by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Of the 324 groups reported there were only 81 surgical groups in the nation rated in the above average category. The other
Florida hospitals included in the above average rated programs are: Indian River Medical Center (Vero Beach), Memorial Regional Hospital (Hollywood), Morton Plant Hospital (Clearwater) and Winter Haven Hospital.

"We are very proud to have our Munroe Heart cardiothoracic surgeons, Drs. Kuykendall, Galat, Lammermeier and Chung, here at Munroe Regional," said Steve Purves, President & CEO at Munroe Regional Medical Center. "They work with, and are supported by, an incredibly talented group of nurses, technicians and ancillary staff, who together with these surgeons are producing world class cardiovascular surgery right here in Marion County. We congratulate them on this great accomplishment."

The STS data is featured in an unprecedented 11-page feature article in the September issue of Consumer Reports magazine - one of the top-10-circulation magazines in the country. The cover story, "The Business of Healing Hearts," is the result of an exhaustive investigation by Consumer Reports Health to determine the state of cardiac care in America.

The STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database currently gathers information from more than 90 percent of the roughly 1,100 surgical groups in the United States that perform cardiac surgery. Through an STS collaboration with Consumer Reports Health, this issue features ratings for 323 surgical groups across the country that perform heart bypass surgery. Published exclusively in this month's issue of Consumer Reports, these updated ratings will allow heart bypass patients compare surgical groups on survival, complications, and other measures.

"We are pleased that Consumer Reports has recognized STS as a national leader in tracking surgical outcomes," said STS President Michael J. Mack, MD. "STS believes the public has a right to know about the quality of surgical outcomes, so consumers can make informed decisions about their health."

Established in 2009, the STS/Consumer Reports Health collaboration was developed to better inform and educate consumers about their options in cardiac care. The STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database is the premier clinical registry for cardiac surgery, houses more than 4 million patient records, and gathers information from more than 90 percent of U.S. surgical groups performing cardiac surgery today.