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.

US News & World Report Best Hospital 2018-2019

Stanford Health Care was ranked 

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

#10 in the nation for Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#12 in the nationally ranked Best Hospitals Honor Roll
"High Performing" for Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, and Lung Cancer Surgery

To help patients decide where to receive care, U.S. News generates hospital rankings by evaluating data on nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult medical specialties, 9 adult medical procedures or conditions and 10 pediatric specialties. 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 10 adult specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 9 procedures or conditions.

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.