Currently, the Munson cardiovascular program saw thousands of patients, successfully performed nearly 5000 interventional and diagnostic cardiac catheterization procedures, and conducted approximately 700 open heart operations. The excellent outcomes generated by our carefully individualized management of each patient confirm the advantages we offer.

Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database

Enclosed are some graphs from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons describing the success of our practice.


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Michigan Quality Assurance Initiative

In 2000 and 2001, under the direction of Munson cardiac surgeon Daniel H. Drake, MD, then president of the Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons, and Richard Prager, MD, a cardiac surgeon at the University of Michigan, the Society developed an innovative surgical quality improvement program that has since become a national model.

Drake and Prager believed that the data the Society was already collecting from member institutions could be better used to help surgeons and hospitals analyze and improve their practices and their patient outcomes. They instituted a program whereby data was unmasked, that is, reported by institution, and in some cases by surgeon. Outcomes-related data including mortality, risk-adjusted mortality, infection, excessive bleeding, prolonged ventilation, stroke, renal failure, and readmission tot he hospital, was analyzed and reported four times per year, and member institutions met to examine the data and discuss any opportunities for institutional and individual improvement.

The program was described in the February 23, 2006 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine as the best national prototype for the pay-for-participation model for quality improvement.

Drake said, "This quality improvement program has proved to be a productive endeavor; it translates directly into saved lives."