Pediatric Heart Care Quality and Outcomes

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 outcomes. Our heart surgery outcomes are on par with the averages from across North America, and our hospital stays are significantly shorter.

Culture of excellence

We are proud members of the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement  Collaborative.

NPC-QIC is a network of more than 65 leading U.S. pediatric cardiology care centers  that are dedicated to improving outcomes for children with congenital heart disease. The network is particularly focused on improving “interstage” outcomes (between a first and second surgery) for infants with single ventricle defects.

As part of our culture of excellence, we also formally recognize employees for outstanding service beyond their normal duties.

A Doernbecher Childrens Hospital nurse holds a pediatric patient being checked with a stethoscope

Heart surgery outcomes

Doernbecher is among about 80 U.S. pediatric hospitals that voluntarily and publicly report congenital heart surgery statistics to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The STS is the recognized leader in efforts to improve outcomes for surgeries on the heart, lungs, esophagus and other areas in the chest. As part of that, the society keeps a database of statistics.

Survival rates reflect patients who survived at least 30 days after surgery and who were discharged from the hospital. Doernbecher’s statistics include only surgeries tracked by the STS.

Please note that every case is different. Doernbecher’s numbers cannot predict the outcome for any one child. Some categories also have only a few cases, 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.

Overall survival, July 2014-June 2018

Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 753 97.2%
STS 92,588 97.1%

Survival rates by type of surgery, July 2014-June 2018

Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 34 97.1%
STS 3,856 98.6%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 53 100%
STS 7,419 99.4%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 37 97.3%
STS 4,831 98.8%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 30 96.7%
STS 3,238 97.4%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 16 100%
STS 1,870 97.9%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 6 100%
STS 811 95.3%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 27 100%
STS 4,294 98.0%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 28 100%
STS 4,113 99.0%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 2 100%
STS 590 89.9%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 24 79.2%
STS 2,710 85.1%

Days in the hospital

Doernbecher STS
Off-bypass coarctation 5.0 12.0
VSD 4.0 9.2
TOF 6.0 11.6
Complete AVC 7.0 17.3
ASO 9.0 17.0
ASO + VSD 13.0 19.3
Glenn 6.0 14.4
Fontan 9.0 13.6
Truncus 17.5 26.9
Norwood 17.0 48.9

Survival by surgery category, July 2014-June 2018

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery use STAT categories to group surgeries by risk of mortality. Categories are on a five-tier scale: STAT Category 1 is associated with surgeries that have the least risk, STAT Category 5 with surgeries that have the most. The categories are based on data from tens of thousands of surgeries. 

Doernbecher survival rate STS survival rate
STAT 1 100% 99.6%
STAT 2 98.7% 98.5%
STAT 3 98.9% 97.7%
STAT 4 91.3% 93.6%
STAT 5 81.8% 85.6%