Heart Center Volumes & Outcomes

Volumes identify the number of procedures a hospital has performed and is a good indication of healthcare experience. Ou​tcomes combine various factors to evaluate the clinical success of a hospital's healthcare practices. In fact, the two are closely related: numerous research studies have demonstrated that larger volumes generally lead to better outcomes.

In August 2015, Lurie Children’s sponsored the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association’s Summit on Transparency and Public Reporting of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Outcomes. National experts on congenital heart disease data and reporting gathered to discuss the importance of sound public reporting. Learn more about the summit.

Outcomes Data & STS Rating

We have performed more pediatric heart transplants since 1988 than any other healthcare provider in Illinois. Our first-year survival rate for heart transplant patients, more than 93%, far exceeds the national average of 87%, and our long-term survival rates are also exceptional.

Lurie Children’s Division of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery participates in public reporting of our outcomes as posted on the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ (STS) website. STS updates outcomes data for congenital heart surgery only once yearly, after the Spring data analysis is completed.

In the most recent Spring 2018 Harvest Report of the STS Congenital Cardiac Surgery Database, Lurie Children’s overall observed-to-expected ratio (O/E) for the reporting period January 2014-December 2018 was 0.66 with an adjusted mortality rate of 1.9%, compared with 2.9%, the STS aggregated centers’ adjusted mortality rate. For three successive public reporting periods (2015, 2016, and 2017), the Society of Thoracic Surgeons rated Lurie Children’s as a 3-Star hospital, the highest rating level awarded. The lower than expected mortality is the result of the outstanding teamwork and collaboration of Lurie Children’s Heart Center.

The graphs below display our most recent set of volumes and outcomes data. 

Heart Center Volumes Information

Lurie Children's Heart Center brings together a team of pediatric cardiologists and cardiovascular-thoracic surgeons with depth of expertise from fetal medicine to adult congenital heart disease.