Story by: Norton Children’s on September 25, 2018
When a parent has a newborn, child or teen with a congenital heart condition that needs surgery, they want to know where the operation should happen and which hospital has a record of success.
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) operates a database that rates congenital heart programs based on patients’ outcomes. Users can look up programs based on name or location.
The STS assigns one to three stars to each program that takes part. The stars are assigned based on outcomes adjusted for how sick the patient is.
The vast majority of programs earn two stars.