Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is dedicated to giving your child and family the highest-quality care. As part of our commitment to excellence and transparency, we’re pleased to share information on our heart surgery outcomes.
Dedicated to improving care
We are proud members of national organizations working to improve care and outcomes:
- The National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative is a network of about 70 leading pediatric cardiology care centers in the U.S. and Canada. The collaborative is dedicated to improving outcomes for children with congenital heart disease. NPC-QIC is particularly focused on improving interstage outcomes (between a first and second surgery) for infants with single ventricle heart disease.
- The Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium, a group of about 60 elite children’s hospitals devoted to improving care for patients with critical pediatric and congenital heart disease. Members share data, best practices and other information to improve performance everywhere.
- The American College of Cardiology’s IMPACT Registry, which shares data and offers educational opportunities to improve care for children and adults who have catheterization procedures for congenital heart disease.
Culture of excellence
As part of our culture of excellence, team members from across our program meet weekly to identify and make changes that improve patient outcomes.
Heart surgery outcomes
Doernbecher voluntarily and publicly reports congenital heart surgery statistics to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The STS is the recognized leader in efforts to improve outcomes for surgeries for congenital heart disease.
Survival rates reflect patients who survived at least 30 days after surgery and who were discharged from the hospital. Please note that every case is different and that statistics cannot predict the outcome for any particular child. Some categories have only a few cases per hospital, which can significantly skew the survival rate.
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s unique condition, the heart care team at Doernbecher would be happy to talk with you. Families can call us at 503-346-0640. Referring providers can reach us at 503-346-0644.