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Montana Heart Surgery Outcomes

Montana Heart’s coronary bypass surgeries consistently have lower mortality rates than the national rates compiled by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and compare favorably with the rates published by heart centers recognized for their excellent surgical outcomes.

The graph below shows the outcomes of all major cardiac procedures, including CABG, valve repair and replacements, reoperations, and combined procedures. Montana Heart had lower rates than the national rates compiled by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, as well as the rates published by heart centers of national prominence.

U.S. News and World Report published their 2009 – 2010 review of hospitals that provided heart surgery in the United States. Their ratings were based on outcomes of patients undergoing coronary artery bypass during the years 2005 – 2007. Montana Heart at Benefis Health Care was rated the best provider of cardiac surgery in the State of Montana. The Cleveland Clinic was rated the overall number one heart program in the USA based on excellent outcomes as well national recognition and other intangibles. When surgical outcomes alone are considered, Montana Heart compares very favorably with the number one program in the USA.

*With the exception of 2005, the results shown above represent the work of Dr. Brett Williams.

At Montana Heart, our patients routinely have multiple medical conditions or comorbidities that put them at a much high risk for mortality or morbidity. In spite of this greater estimated risk for unfavorable outcomes, the actual mortality of patients undergoing surgery with Dr. Williams is much lower than predicted.

Two Questions to Ask Your Heart Surgeon:

  • How many procedures have you performed?
  • What is the mortality rate for your procedure?


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