Johns Hopkins All Children's Heart Institute

Benchmark Operations Outcomes

Rebuilding Our Heart Institute and Earning Your Trust

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital spent months conducting a comprehensive review of its Heart Institute, with the goal of reopening its heart surgery program with patient safety at the forefront. As part of this review, a group of national pediatric heart experts conducted a top-to-bottom clinical evaluation and recommended a series of important changes. Over the course of the last year, the Heart Institute has implemented the recommended changes, which include industry-leading training programs and rigorous data analysis of patient safety measures. We conducted a national search for new heart surgeons and hired a team of exceptionally talented surgeons, each of whom brings a career of success in highly specialized pediatric or neonatal cardiothoracic surgery to the Tampa Bay region. Johns Hopkins remains proud and deeply committed to being part of this community. We continue to strive to earn your trust.

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Understandably, many parents want additional information beyond overall mortality rates. They ask: "What is the success rate for the specific cardiac surgical operation to treat my child's heart problem?"

Thanks to our participation in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Congenital Heart Surgery Database, you can compare mortality rates at Johns Hopkins All Children's for 10 benchmark operations and heart transplantation with the combined mortality rates for all of the hospitals that participate in the STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database.

The table below shows our team's volume (number) for each benchmark operation for the last four years. It also shows the mortality for each operation for Johns Hopkins All Children's Heart Institute compared with the average mortality for all hospitals in the STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database for the last four years. The information can help guide your decision-making.

 

(2014-2017)

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Operations

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Mortality

Society of Thoracic Surgeons Overall Mortality

Coarctation

23

0.0%

1.5%

Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)

54

0.0%

0.5%

Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)

33

3.0%

1.3%

AV Canal (AVC)

21

9.5%

2.5%

Arterial switch operation (ASO)

17

5.9%

2.2%

Arterial switch operation (ASO) and VSD repair

7

14.3%

4.6%

Glenn / HemiFontan

58

0.0%

1.8%

Fontan

38

0.0%

1.0%

Truncus

4

25.0%

9.5%

Norwood

31

6.5%

15.0%

Heart Transplant

40

2.5%

4.0%

 

Data source is Tables 5 and 18 of the Spring 2018 STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database Report.

Pediatric heart transplantation and the Norwood procedure are among the most challenging pediatric cardiac surgical procedures.

If you have questions about any of the outcomes data you see above, please call 727-767-4932.