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Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Herma Heart Center achieves superior rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons

March 23, 2015

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Herma Heart Center has achieved a 3-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for pediatric congenital heart surgery outcomes. This is similar to the reporting of adult heart surgery programs and follows the same 1-, 2- and 3-star rating. A 3-star rating identifies programs with significantly lower-than-expected mortality.  

In January 2015, STS began public reporting of risk-adjusted pediatric operative mortality for the congenital heart surgery database. Each participating center received one, two, or three stars, based on risk-adjusted operative mortality. Programs awarded a 3-star rating were shown to have significantly lower-than-expected mortality rates.   

“We achieve superior results for our patients because of our uncompromised clinical, teaching, research and community excellence,” said Michael Mitchell, MD, interim medical director, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; and Professor, Division Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. “Families worldwide trust the Herma Heart Center for compassionate, comprehensive and cutting-edge cardiac care for their children, before birth and into adulthood.”

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is one of just six centers to receive 3 stars, with a total of 113 pediatric hospitals participating. Children's is the only pediatric heart program in U.S. News & World Report’s top 10 ranking that chose to enroll in STS Public Reporting Online. More information can be found on the STS website and in the report overview of the full STS report: STS 2014 Fall Report.

Children’s was one of the earliest adopters of publishing quality outcomes on its website and reports on 12 separate Herma Heart Center safety and quality indicators.

The STS rating is further indication of the Herma Heart Center's role as a national leader in pediatric heart care. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s heart program was ranked #5 among the nation's best in U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 Best Children's Hospitals report. Parents magazine ranked heart care at Children's #7 in the nation in its 2013 Best Children's Hospitals survey.

About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Parents magazine and ranked in all 10 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2013, Children’s invested more than $105 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at
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