Florida Heart & Lung Institute Earns 3-Star Rating from STS

Jan 11, 2020 at 09:31 pm by pj

Ocala Health in partnership with Florida Heart and Lung Institute of Ocala and its Cardiothoracic Surgical program has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places Omeni Osian, MD among the elite for heart bypass surgery and aortic valve replacement in the United States and Canada.


The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada. The star rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.


The latest analysis of data for CABG surgery covers a one-year period, from July 2018 to June 2019. Historically, only approximately 10%-12% of participants receive the three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery.


“Ocala Regional Medical Center achieved the highest rating in heart surgery compared to other cardiac programs nationwide. This achievement is a demonstration of the patient-focused approach adopted by our multi-disciplinary team in the care of patients and families in need of heart surgery. We are motivated to continue the pursuit of excellence on behalf of our patients.” says Omeni Osian, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery Medical Director, Ocala Health.


“The Society of Thoracic Surgeons congratulates STS National Database participants who have received three-star ratings,” said David M. Shahian, MD, Chair of the STS Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety. “Participation in the Database and public reporting demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in health care delivery and helps provide patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about health care.”


The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The Database includes four components: the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD), and the mechanical circulatory support database (Intermacs).

The STS ACSD houses approximately 6.8 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 3,800 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists from more than 90% of groups that perform heart surgery in the US. STS Public Reporting Online enables STS ACSD participants to voluntarily report to each other and the public their heart surgery scores and star ratings.


The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 7,600 surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. The Society’s mission is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.

An STS National Database “Participant” is a cardiothoracic surgeon or group of cardiothoracic surgeons who agree to submit case records for analysis and comparison with benchmarking data for quality improvement initiatives.


Ocala Health encompasses Ocala Regional Medical Center, a 256-bed facility located in the heart of Ocala, and West Marion Community Hospital, a 174-bed hospital located in west Marion County, Summerfield ER, a freestanding emergency department located in southern Marion County, and Maricamp ER, a freestanding emergency department located on Maricamp Road in Ocala. Ocala Regional Medical Center is a Level II Trauma Center and a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The hospitals offer a host of other quality and award winning services including orthopedic care and joint replacement, robotic surgery, cardiac and vascular services including open heart surgery and interventional procedures, emergency, neurological and rehabilitation services, and bariatric surgery. Ocala Health has the only Commission on Cancer approved cancer center in Marion County. Ocala Health’s outpatient facilities include Family Care Specialists, a primary care network of six locations throughout Marion County; Advanced Imaging Centers; a freestanding Wound and Hyperbaric Center; a Senior Wellness Community Center; and three surgical and physician specialty practices.



Florida Heart and Lung Institute (FHLI) is a group of our cardiothoracic surgeons offering a comprehensive range of services and specializing in heart and lung surgery. Dr. Omeni Osian, Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Florida Heart and Lung Institute of Ocala, specializes in heart and lung surgical procedures including minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve repair or replacement, thoracic endovascular aortic aneurysm repair, TAVR and open heart surgery.


FHLI provides specialized care to the North Central Florida area including: Gainesville, Newberry, Alachua, Waldo, Hawthorne, and Micanopy with satellite offices in Ocala, Kissimmee, Sanford, Tallahassee and the Panhandle. Their mission is to deliver the highest quality, expert care with compassion and consideration. For more information on the practice or to schedule an appointment with Florida Heart & Lung Institute of Ocala, please contact (352) 629-1378 or visit www.ocalaheartandlung.com