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 surgical 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.

Stanford Hospital rankings for Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News and World Report

US News & World Report Best Hospital 2020-2021

Stanford Hospital was ranked 

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

#9 in the nation for Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#13 in the nationally ranked Best Hospitals Honor Roll
"High Performing" for Aortic Valve Surgery, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), and Lung Cancer Surgery

And Lucile Packard Children's Hospital was ranked

#10 in the nationally ranked Best Children's Hospitals Honor Roll

To help patients decide where to receive care, U.S. News generates hospital rankings by evaluating data on nearly 6,000 hospitals in 16 areas of specialty care. These ratings and rankings are based on each hospital's patient outcomes – that is, how well patients have fared after treatment – as well as other factors that matter to patients, like the quality of their experience and whether the hospital is adequately staffed.

To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients. The ratings in procedures and conditions, by contrast, focus on typical Medicare patients. Hospitals that do well in multiple areas of adult care may be ranked in their state and metropolitan area. Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital is ranked nationally in 12 adult specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 2 adult specialities and 10 procedures or conditions.

"Continuing the tradition of delivering quality care to patients, Stanford Hospital has climbed in the national ranking for Cardiology and Heart Surgery by U.S. News and World Report for six years straight. Today, we are proud to be among the top 10 in the nation and recognized as one of the top hospitals in the country."

"Stanford Health Care’s ranking for cardiology and heart surgery programs is on an upward trajectory, reaching ninth this year. The positive trend can be traced, in part, to increasing clinical volume, enhanced outcomes and a focus on complex operations performed at Stanford Hospital, including complicated valve repairs, minimally invasive surgeries, multi-organ transplantation, artificial heart device implantation and the use of innovative catheter-based technology, said Joseph Woo, MD, professor and chair of cardiothoracic surgery."

Read more about Stanford Hospital being ranked among top 20 hospitals nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.

Society of Thoracic Surgeons "3 Star" Rating

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has developed a comprehensive rating system for Aortic Valve Replacement and Mitral Valve Repair & Replacement surgical procedures that allows for comparisons regarding the quality of isolated aortic valve surgery and isolated mitral 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 analysis of national data regarding Aortic Valve Replacement covering the period from January 2011 through December 2016, and Mitral Valve Repair & Replacement covering the period from July 2015 through June 2018, the cardiac surgery performance of Stanford Health Care was found to lie in this highest quality tier, thereby receiving an STS "3 Star" rating.  

ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®

Stanford Health Care has again been awarded Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the highest national honor given for nursing in the United States. The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and identifies health care organizations who demonstrate superior quality in nursing care, patient care, and innovations in professional nursing practice. This is the third time Stanford Health Care has achieved this recognition, which is awarded every four years.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Stanford Health Care was awarded an 'A' from The Leapfrog Group's spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes SHC's efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' or 'F' grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.