STS National Database News: CHSD Edition, January/February 2021

January/February 2021

Spring Harvest Close Date Postponed

The CHSD Harvest Close, originally scheduled for March 12, has been postponed, with the new date yet to be determined. Participants will receive an advance notice of at least 2 weeks prior to the new close date. In the meantime, STS encourages data managers to continue using open submission to ensure clean and accurate data.

Catch Up with Webinars and Meeting Highlights on YouTube

Missed one of our live webinars or weren’t able to participate in a group call? They’re all housed in one YouTube playlist for reviewing at your convenience. In the latest CHSD webinar from February, presenters covered database updates, community resources, STS Annual Meeting highlights, and more.

Ferguson, Thomas Lectures Highly Recommended for Data Managers

Don’t miss two powerful lectures from the STS Annual Meeting—the Thomas B. Ferguson Lecture and the Vivien T. Thomas Lecture. These keynote addresses will help you understand how experiences from COVID-19 and recognition of racial biases can affect interpretation of patient outcomes. During the Ferguson lecture, Dr. Craig R. Smith Jr., from Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City; Dr. Enrico Ruffini, from the University of Torino in Italy and the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons; and Dr. Alan D. L. Sihoe, from Gleneagles Hospital in Hong Kong, shared their personal and professional experiences from working on the front lines in three large cities as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. In the Thomas lecture, Dr. Quinn Capers IV, from the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, provided evidence-based examples of how racial inequality can creep into the health care field, and he illustrated—using peer-reviewed data—how a more diversified medical workforce can improve patient care.

Mark Your Calendar: AQO 2021

The 2021 Advances in Quality Outcomes (AQO): A Data Managers Meeting will be held virtually October 12–15. For more details on programming, enter your contact information to be notified when new updates are available. In the meantime, managers still can purchase content from AQO 2020 to gain current insights and enhance registry coding skills.

Database Payments Are Due

Invoices for Database participants were mailed on December 1, 2020. In order for sites to maintain active participation in the Database, STS must receive payment in a timely manner and see 90% or greater compliance with follow-up forms. If your site already is current and compliant, thank you! If you’re not sure, please follow up with the person responsible for payment or email for an electronic copy of your invoice.

Share Your Experience, Gain Colleagues’ Insights with Database Mentorship Program

The STS National Database mentorship program pairs experienced data managers with those who are seeking advice and guidance on data abstraction. Applications from both mentors and mentees currently are being accepted. After you apply here, STS will work on matching mentors and mentees based on Database type, experience in specific areas of database usage, and other factors. You will be notified once you have been matched. For more information about the program, contact Adie Dolan at

Give Your Patients Clear Explanations of Atrial Septal Defect Procedures

The STS patient website,, offers immediate and easy access to expert, multimedia content on cardiothoracic diseases and operations. The Atrial Septal Defect page explains the condition with animations, videos, and plain, concise language. If you interact with patients at your institution, make sure to share this important resource, which includes a comprehensive collection of handouts in English and Spanish. Contact Jennifer Bagley at with feedback or questions about the patient website.