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Community Memorial Hospital Acknowledged for Heart Bypass Mortality Rate

Ventura Business
July 2009

In a recent government performance report, Community Memorial Hospital’s heart bypass mortality rate of 0.66 was lower than the statewide average of 2.2, and lower than the national rate of about 2.3 percent given by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

The heart bypass surgery report, developed by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) covering all of California’s 121 state licensed hospitals, is a public disclosure of the quality of care provided by hospitals and surgeons performing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery in California during 2006. Hospitals and surgeons are required to participate in the statewide report, which adjusts mortality rates for patients’ ages, pre-existing conditions and other risk factors.

The two most common procedures for the treatment of coronary artery disease are percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which includes drug-eluting stents, and CABG surgery. Despite recent increases in the number of PCI procedures performed, CABG surgery is more frequently recommended for patients with extensive coronary disease, reduced left ventricular function, and disease involving the major artery to the heart muscle (also known as “left main coronary artery”). A CABG is ‘openheart’ surgery that uses a blood vessel (called a graft) taken from your chest, leg or arm to bypass a narrowed or blocked coronary artery.

The CMH Heart Team is led by cardiovascular surgeons Dr. Dominic Tedesco and Dr. Lamar Bushnell.


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