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Cardiac Surgery

Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute combines expertise across the cardiac surgical spectrum with a multidisciplinary approach that gives patients the best opportunity for an optimal outcome.

Process Improvements

Process Improvements

As we work to continuously improve our program and outcomes, we launched our Perfect Care Initiative in 2019, and a cardiac ERAS® program and high-risk discharge pathway in 2022.

Passive data acquisition through novel integration of biosensors including heart rate, blood pressure, body weight, steps and sleep provides clinicians with advanced metrics for decision making. This is especially important when patients, many of whom live in rural areas, cannot easily return to the doctor’s office for face-to-face visits. Perfect care offers a solution by allowing patients improved access without having to leave home. The ability to learn, reduce barriers and optimize care for our patients outside the brick-and-mortar hospital setting results in improved outcomes.

The Perfect Care Initiative aims to improve patient access and education while eliminating disparities in peri-procedural cardiac surgery care. The initiative proactively engages cardiac surgery patients and their families with a unique, personalized, patient-centered approach to surgery through education, preoperative optimization, standardization of care and remote patient monitoring (RPM).

The initiative creates a periprocedural experience that ensures every patient receives the same level of care, regardless of facility, across the care continuum. Cardiac surgery nurse navigators educate patients during the preoperative phase and we continue care via remote patient monitoring for 90 days post discharge. Utilization of RPM connects patients to their care team via video visits and wearable devices following discharge.

Awards and Recognition

  • U.S. News and World Report. Ranked as a high performing hospital in heart bypass surgery in 2023 to 2024.  

  • U.S. News and World Report. Ranked as a high performing hospital in aortic valve surgery in 2023 to 2024.  

  • Highest rating for bypass surgery from the society of thoracic surgeons.

    STS/TVT 3-Star Rating

  • Watson Health: 50 Top cardiovascular hospitals - Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center, Atrium Health Pineville - 2021 and 2022.

    Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center &
    Atrium Health Pineville

Experience Where It Counts

  • 1,083

    Cardiac Surgery Volumes
    ARMUS, August 2021 - July 2022

  • CABG Procedures - Total 497, including 459 isolated procedures and 40 combined procedures.

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)

  • Isolated CABG Procedures 30-day Readmission Rate, risk-adjusted - SHVI has a 6.58 percent rate verses the 9.09 percent benchmark.
  • Isolated CABG Procedures 30-day Mortality Rate, risk-adjusted - SHVI has a .59 percent rate verses a 2.5 percent benchmark.
  • Median Post-Procedure Length of Stay - SHVI has a 5 day length of stay verses 6 days benchmark.

97% of CABG patients at Atrium Health are free from complications and readmission.

Publications and Presentations