For Immediate Release

June 7, 2012

For more information:
John Moore
Public Information Officer
(903) 531-4542
moorej@tmfhs.org

LOUIS AND PEACHES OWEN HEART HOSPITAL RECEIVES THREE-STAR RATING IN CARDIAC SURGICAL CARE

TYLER, TX – Today, officials with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics announced receiving a three-star rating for isolated coronary artery bypass (CAB) and aortic valve replacement (AVR). Of the 1,014 hospitals reporting data to STS, 14% received a three-star rating for CAB and 3.2% for AVR procedures from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Database. The rating places all cardiac surgical procedures performed at The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital for one year ending December 30, 2011 in the top 15 percent of cardiothoracic programs that submitted data. The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital is located on the campus of Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler.

According to information provided by STS, National Database participants engage in the process of collecting STS data and utilization of Database-derived information for the purpose of local and national improvement in the quality of cardiothoracic surgical care. Avoidance of mortality, avoidance of morbidity, use of the internal mammary artery and compliance for recommendation with medication usage are the criteria used to determine a program's star rating.

"This is our second consecutive three-star rating and we are extremely pleased with the data," said Neelan S. Doolabh, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon who performs numerous valve replacement procedures each year. "We voluntarily submit this data and use the results to try and improve even more. This is the result of a lot of hard work by the entire cardiac team.”

“As we near the opening of the completed Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital later this year, this is very welcome news,” said John McGreevy, CEO, Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital. “We are grateful to the Owen family for their generosity to build the region’s first freestanding heart hospital and the STS report reinforces that we have committed to honoring their support by doing the best job we can for our heart patients."

The cardiothoracic team at the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital includes Dr. Caccitolo, William F. Turner, Jr., MD and Neelan S. Doolabh, MD.

Since Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler launched the area's first cardiac program 28 years ago, more than 13,000 open heart surgeries, 60,000 cardiac catheterizations, 638,000 cardiac procedures, and hundreds of robotic heart surgeries have been performed.

About The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital

The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital was made possible by a generous donation from the Tyler couple for which it is named. Phase One of the hospital opened in late 2010 inside Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler. Phase Two, a seven-story facility scheduled to open this fall, will include the area's only freestanding heart hospital, comprehensive cardiac, thoracic and vascular services and will stand east of and adjacent to Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler. It will connect to the main hospital and to the Medical Arts Plaza building in several locations, allowing specialists and clinical personnel to easily access both buildings. For more information, visit tmfheart.org.

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Mother Frances Hospital-Winnsboro, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 340 physicians and mid-level providers representing 39 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhc.org.

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