Quotes from STS Leaders for Use in Public Reporting Press Releases

QUOTE 1

“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 provides patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about health care.”

QUOTE 2

“STS leadership believes that the public has a right to see and understand surgical outcomes,” said David M. Shahian, MD, Chair of the STS Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety. “We regard public reporting as an ethical responsibility of the cardiothoracic surgical specialty, as it creates an environment that facilitates improvement in the quality of care for our patients. In addition, it challenges all hospitals and surgical practices to improve their results and outcomes.”

QUOTE 3

“STS and its members are committed to the accurate reporting of cardiothoracic surgical outcomes,” said David M. Shahian, MD, Chair of the STS Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety. “As performance measurement and transparency play an increasingly important role in health care, STS will continue to lead efforts in the public reporting of clinical outcomes data.”

QUOTE 4

“STS has taken the lead in public reporting by providing easy-to-understand information on heart surgery outcomes,” said David M. Shahian, MD, Chair of the STS Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety. “Patients have a right to make informed decisions about choice of treatment and providers, and public reporting is one way to facilitate this.”