Five Pennsylvania hospitals performing heart surgeries on infants and children, including Penn State Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, did well on a new report looking at how many patients survived.
The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council compared the hospitals' risk-adjusted mortality rates for surgeries performed between 2014 and 2017 to national benchmarks from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Overall, the rates were generally as expected. For a few procedures, some hospitals did better than expected; Penn State Children's Hospital was among them for one procedure.
The report also listed the total number of infant and pediatric heart surgeries performed by each hospital during those years.
That tally stood at 3,027 for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which has a partnership with Lancaster General Health, and 662 for Penn State Children's Hospital, which is located just outside Lancaster County.
Totals for other hospitals in the report were 846 at Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children (which is in Delaware but was included because of its proximity); 1,739 for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; 143 for Geisinger Medical Center Children's Hospital; and 279 for St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
A PDF of the full report is below, and a story on the previous report is here.