Covenant Health receives high rating

Covenant Health’s cardiac program has received the highest quality designation from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, an organization dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung and esophagus, according to information released by the medical centers. The society represents nearly 7,000 surgeons, researchers and allied health care professionals worldwide.

Based on data submitted from Covenant Health’s elite heart hospitals – Parkwest, Fort Sanders Regional and Methodist medical centers – Covenant’s cardiac program received a three-star quality ranking in the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, regarded as the world’s premier clinical registry for adult cardiac surgery.

About 95 percent of U.S. programs that perform adult cardiac surgery participate in the database, but only about 10-15 percent of participants receive the three-star designation.