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Three Stars For Cardiac Surgery

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) uses a comprehensive rating system to report on the quality of cardiac-surgery programs in hospitals across the country. The rating system is based on major morbidity, mortality and appropriate use of internal mammary artery and evidence-based medication. Approximately 13.5 percent of STS participants, of which there are 1,001, received the "3-star" rating, denoting the highest category of quality. In the current analysis of national data covering the period from January 1, 2010, through December 31, 2010,  Cardiac Surgery at the CVI was found to lie in this highest-quality tier, thereby receiving the STS "3-star" rating. Cardiac surgery at the CVI has received the 3-star rating for the last five years.

New Cardiologist

Alfred E. Buxton, MD , has joined the  Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and the CVI as Director of the Clinical Electrophysiology Laboratory and Director of the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program. A noted physician-educator, he comes to the CVI from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he was the Ruth and Paul Levinger Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiology at Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals. Dr. Buxton will care for patients with cardiac arrhythmias and perform electrophysiology procedures. He also will have significant responsibility for training medical students, residents, cardiology fellows and electrophysiology fellows.

Walking Club

The BIDMC Walking Club -a free online resource for individuals, schools and business-operates year round, but somehow, May 1 always seems like the walker's New Year. Participating in the 2011 program are 88 businesses, five public schools, 1,000 BIDMC employees and countless individuals. The CVI is the proud sponsor of the club spearheaded by BIDMC communications and involving clinicians from throughout the hospital. Check out the club.

Play Ball!

Once again, the CVI and its Hyannis affiliate, Cardiovascular Consultants of Cape Cod, together have been named the Official Cardiovascular Care Provider of the Cape Cod Baseball League. If you're on the Cape, be sure to attend our special cardiovascular nights at McKeon Park, home of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, June 29 and July 26. We'll be offering giveaways and free screenings. And don't miss the League's All Star game at Fenway Park on July 29.

Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Posted June 2011

Contact Information

CardioVascular Institute at
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215