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Arrowhead Hospital's Cardiac Surgery Program Receives Highest National Ranking for the Second Year in a Row

6/5/2009 1:00:00 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (June 5, 2009) - For the second straight year, Arrowhead Hospital’s Cardiac Surgery Program has been awarded the highest national ranking -- 3 Stars -- from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Only 15% of hospitals nationwide received this year’s STS 3 star rating – the highest category of quality of cardiac surgery.


“Our patients and community deserve the best, and the STS’s highest national ranking clearly places Arrowhead’s Cardiac Surgery Program among the top programs in the nation,” said Jon Bartlett, CEO of Arrowhead Hospital. “And now receiving this recognition two years in a row shows our commitment to having the best cardiovascular services in Phoenix.”


The STS developed this comprehensive rating system to allow for comparisons regarding the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. The system analyzes many different national cardiac surgical data categories on a yearly basis to determine which hospitals meet its stringent qualifications for the 3 star rating.


“From January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007 and from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008, our program ranked in the highest quality tier, thereby qualifying Arrowhead for this esteemed, STS 3 Star rating,” said Cynthia Fishel, Director for Cardiovascular Services at Arrowhead Hospital. “This rating solidifies that the work we are doing here at Arrowhead ranks us among the best of the best cardiac surgery programs in the nation.”     


The Adult Cardiac Surgery Program is just part of the full spectrum of cardiovascular services Arrowhead Hospital provides its patients. Its team of renowned physicians and dedicated, highly skilled nursing and technical staff are experts in diagnosing, treating and managing cardiac conditions.


About Arrowhead Hospital
Arrowhead Hospital an affiliate of Abrazo Health Care, is conveniently located in the Northwest Valley, south of Loop 101 at 67th Avenue and Union Hills. Arrowhead is proud of its designations, both as a Primary Stroke Center by the American Stroke Association and as an accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society for Chest Pain Centers. The full-service, acute care hospital offers such specialized services as a diagnostic and interventional cardiovascular program including open-heart surgery; comprehensive orthopedic services; 24-hour emergency care; obstetrics; inpatient and outpatient surgery; and women’s health care. 



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