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Ways to Define Quality: Outcomes

Although it is impossible to eliminate all risks of medical complications or death, especially for seriously ill patients, risks can be reduced by choosing a hospital with a lower mortality rate and/or a higher long-term survival or success rate. Ask the doctor and the hospital for their mortality rates and try to compare rates for patients most like yourself. If a doctor or hospital is reluctant to provide you with that information, look at alternatives.

Sentara Outcomes Data:

Cardiac (Heart)
Sentara Heart is the regional leader in cardiac care, the largest program in Virginia, and one of the largest in the country with success rates that exceed national standards. Sentara Healthcare has proven success rates that outperform national averages published by the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Thoracic Surgeons. Detailed information about cardiac outcomes at Sentara can be accessed within the Sentara Heart homepage.

The Sentara Vascular Program is an integrated network of highly trained physicians, specialty certified nurses and registered vascular technologists dedicated to serving residents of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Sentara offers comprehensive vascular services for all disorders involving the peripheral arteries and veins. More information about vascular outcomes can be accessed within the Vascular Services at Sentara homepage.

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