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Gates Vascular Institute Cardiac Surgery Team Achieves Three-Star Rating

Updated: 11/12/2014

The Gates Vascular Institute’s cardiac surgery team has again achieved a three-star overall composite score, the highest recognition possible from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, in three categories, including:
  • Isolated Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR) July 2013-June 2014
  • Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) July 2011-June 2014
  • AVR + CABG July 2011-June 2014

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for the entire cardiac team at the Gates Vascular Institute,” said Hashmat Ashraf, MD, chief of service, thoracic/cardiovascular surgery. “Their hard work, compassion and dedication to excellence have repeatedly earned this prestigious ranking, and I could not be prouder of the quality of cardiac surgery.”

There are 626 institutions that report their participant performance for all three categories-isolated CABG, combined CABG and AVR and isolated AVR- to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and only 18 of them achieved three-stars in all three categories; the Gates Vascular Institute being one of the 18.  This is an incredible achievement for the Gates Vascular Institute, as only three percent of institutions achieved a three-star rating in all three categories.

“The Gates Vascular Institute cardiac surgery program has received tremendous national accolades,” said Cheryl Klass, senior vice president, operations, Kaleida Health and president, Buffalo General Medical Center. "Recognition by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons is especially important to us as their whole purpose is to recognize and help surgeons provide the very highest quality of care. I am both personally and professionally proud of their outstanding work on behalf of our patients.”

“The Gates Vascular Institute continually provides outstanding care that is recognized nationally as being top tier,” said Jeffrey Holt, vice president, Kaleida Health, chief operating officer, Gates Vascular Institute. “There is no reason for anyone to travel outside of Western New York to receive world-class cardiac care. They simply need to get to Gates.”