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Children’s Heart Program Surgical Outcomes

The affiliated, multidisciplinary team of experts at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is committed to providing the highest level of care and the best possible surgical outcomes for our pediatric and neonatal heart patients using the latest technology and the most advanced treatment options. We continue to improve patient care and surgical outcomes through a number of quality initiatives and clinical innovations.

Below is an overview of important clinical outcomes data from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Congenital Heart Surgery Database, the largest congenital heart surgery database that includes procedural data from 117 North American hospitals. For more information, contact Becky Sam, pediatric cardiovascular surgery nurse coordinator, at (713) 500-5746.

*For the updated STS clinical outcomes data through December 31st, 2016, visit the dedicated webpage for Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital on the STS database website here:

Stat Category

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons - European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Congenital Heart Surgery Mortality Categories (STAT Mortality Categories) compare patient complexity based on the patient’s risk of mortality from their surgical procedure. Category 1 has the least risk of mortality and Category 5 has the highest risk of mortality. The affiliated team of board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital treats the full spectrum of pediatric heart conditions, from the simplest to the most complex cases.

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STS Outcomes Volume by Stat Category

STS Outcomes Mortality by Stat

sts outcomes overall mortality

Procedure Type

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital delivers personalized evidence-based care, with an emphasis on identifying the most effective treatment plan that meets the unique needs of each patient.



Age Group

The affiliated team of experts at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital specializes in the treatment of heart conditions for children of all ages, including a large population of high-risk neonates and infants which made up more than 65% of the operations performed from July 2014-June 2015 (neonates and infant procedures made up 56% of the total operations submitted to the STS during this timeframe).  Our focus on age-appropriate surgical planning and management ensures the best possible outcomes for our patients.



Note: Operative Mortality is defined as any death, regardless of cause occurring (1) within 30 days after surgery in or out of the hospital, and (2) after 30 days during the same hospitalization subsequent to the operation.


Pediatric Cardiology Clinic
The University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building
6410 Fannin, Suite 370
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (832) 325-6516

Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic
The University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building
6410 Fannin, Suite 950
Houston, TX 77030

Clinic Phone: (832) 325-7234
Nurse Line: (713) 500-7324

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