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.

Volumes & Outcomes Data

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 96%, exceeds the national average of 92%, 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 last published Fall 2020 Harvest Report of the STS Congenital Cardiac Surgery Database, Lurie Children’s overall observed-to-expected ratio (O/E) for the 4-year reporting period July 2016-June 2020 was 0.82 with an adjusted mortality rate of 2.18%, compared with 2.67%, the STS aggregated centers’ adjusted mortality rate. 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.