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A Message from the Director


The East Carolina Heart Institute has once again received the highest quality rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).

The STS database is the national report card that compares the quality of cardiac surgery programs across the country. Historically, only 12-15 percent of hospitals receive the three-star rating, which is the highest quality category. In the current analysis of national data from Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013, the cardiac surgery performance at the Heart Institute rose to the highest quality tier, earning the STS three-star rating.

“When a surgeon or a doctor starts to discuss an operation, the three-star rating will give the patient some repose, satisfaction and solace that they are going to an institution that has high quality, great outcomes, and combined with our patient satisfaction rate at the heart institute, that they will have a good family and patient experience,” said Dr. Randolph Chitwood, Jr., director of the East Carolina Heart Institute and professor of cardiovascular sciences at the Brody School of Medicine and senior associate vice chancellor for health sciences at ECU. “We are all about quality. We are all about the highest level of outcomes. We are about patient satisfaction. We are about technology. We have it all here at this heart institute.”

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