Evidence-based Awards for Cardiac Care

We at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine know that every patient is unique and deserving of the best possible care. Our outcome reports and evidence-based awards for cardiac care consistently reflect our dedication to exceeding national standards of excellence as well as our commitment to best serve our patients.

Blue Distinction Center® for Cardiac Care

Stanford Health Care has been recognized with a Blue Distinction Center® designation for delivering quality cardiac care, as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program. Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community.

Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence

Stanford Hospital's North Intensive Care Unit (NICU) received the Beacon Award for Critical Care excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). This prestigious award is given in recognition of the top intensive care units in the United States and recognizes adult critical care, adult progressive care, and pediatric critical care units that achieve high quality outcomes. The Stanford Hospital NICU staff worked diligently to meet the specific Beacon Award ICU excellence criteria while providing the highest quality of care to their patients and their families.


US News & World Report Best Hospital 2016-2017

Stanford Health Care was ranked 

#1 in the San Jose, California, metropolitan area
#3  in California

#15 in the nation for Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Stanford’s Cardiology & Heart Surgery Program was ranked "Better than average" for 30 day post-operative survival, had a "Very good" reputation with national specialists who named Stanford as among best hospitals for difficult cases, and had the highest rating possible for nurse staffing, advanced technologies, and key patient services.

Leapfrog Group "Top Hospital" Designation

For the fourth year in a row, and the fifth time since the creation of Leapfrog Group's annual class of top hospitals, Stanford Health Care has been named as a top U.S. hospital. For Aortic Valve Replacement, Stanford's Quality of Care ranking is "Fully Meets Standards," the highest rank available. Additionally, Stanford Health Care received its second "A" grade (Leapfrog's top score) for patient safety. This selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group's national survey that measures hospitals' performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality. The results are posted on their website and are open to patients and families, the public and employers, and other purchasers of health care. The Leapfrog Group's rating and website offer one of the most complete pictures of a hospital's quality and safety.

Society of Thoracic Surgeons "3 Star" Rating

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has  developed a comprehensive rating system for Aortic Valve Replacement surgical procedures that allows for comparisons regarding the quality of isolated aortic valve surgery among hospitals across the country. Only 12-15% of hospitals in the US received the "3 star" rating, which denotes the highest category of quality. In the current analysis of national data covering the period from January 2016 through December 2016, the cardiac surgery performance of Stanford Health Care was found to lie in this highest quality tier, thereby receiving an STS "3 star" rating.


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