Stanford Hospital Receives 2022 Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award
by Roxanna Van Norman
May 24, 2022
The American Heart Association and the Mitral Foundation recognizes Stanford Health Care’s commitment to best practices and quality for mitral valve repair
The American Heart Association and the Mitral Foundation have awarded the 2022 Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award to Stanford Health Care for a demonstrated record of superior clinical outcomes in mitral valve repair.
“Our team works incredibly hard to provide our patients and their referring physicians with the best options for optimal outcomes in heart surgery,” said Joseph Woo, MD, the Norman E. Shumway Professor and Chair of the Stanford Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. “We are honored to receive this recognition for our commitment to clinical excellence and outstanding quality in mitral valve repair.”
The Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center designation allows patients to identify the nation’s best surgeons and hospitals for mitral valve repair surgery. Stanford earned the award for demonstrating adherence to evidence-based treatment guidelines and an ongoing commitment to reporting and measuring quality and outcome metrics specific to mitral valve repairs.
The recommended treatment for degenerative mitral valve disease is mitral valve repair, as opposed to valve replacement with a bioprosthetic or mechanical valve since valve repair is associated with improved survival and fewer long-term complications. Many patients who would benefit from repair receive replacement valves, with higher rates of death or complications within five years after surgery.
Stanford is listed on the Mitral Foundation’s directory of Mitral Valve Repair Reference Centers throughout the country, one of only three in the West and the first center in the western half of the United States to receive this designation. This is the third consecutive year that Stanford has achieved this recognition since the Reference Center program launched in November 2019.