Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock Receives Three-Star Rating from Society of Thoracic Surgeons

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – BHMC-Little Rock was recently recognized by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons with a Three Star rating for its quality of coronary artery bypass surgery. This is the highest rating possible for quality with only 12 to 15 percent of hospitals receiving three stars.

Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock’s ranking was based on national data ending in June 2014. About 90 percent of all U.S. hospitals that perform cardiac surgery are a part of the database — a nationally recognized tool to evaluate heart surgery programs — used for determining the star ratings.

This is just one of the many ways Baptist Health is successfully improving our Quality/Safety Focus that is part of our Strategic Plan. The road to earning a three-star rating was made possible through a multi-disciplined approach that included surgeons and their nurses, bedside nurses, OR teams, anesthesia, respiratory care, case coordination and quality, among many others.

“We’re very happy to be recognized as a three-star hospital in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons database,” said Dr. Derlis Martino, a cardiovascular surgeon from the Baptist Health Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinic. “We consider this a reflection of the hard work of the entire staff that works in cardiovascular disease, and we’re thankful for working with them.”

With more than 175 points of access, including eight hospitals, Baptist Health is the state’s most comprehensive healthcare system committed to delivering “All Our Best” to Arkansans. To learn more about the three-star rating, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST.