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Covenant Health Receives Highest Rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons


LUBBOCK – Covenant Health was awarded the best rating, a three star rating, from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). STS developed a comprehensive rating system that allows for comparisons regarding quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country.

Approximately 10 percent of the hospitals receive the highest honor of the three star rating and Covenant Health was part of the elite. In the current analysis of national data covering the two year time period from January 2010 through December 2011, the cardiac surgery performance of Covenant Health was in the highest tier denoting the highest category of quality thus leading to the STS three star rating.

About Covenant Health

Covenant Health is the largest health care institution in the region with 1,077 licensed beds, more than 5,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 600 physicians at its cornerstone facilities. Covenant is a member of St. Joseph Health System in Orange County and serves a 62-county area spanning West Texas and eastern New Mexico, with a population in excess of 1.2 million. Learn more about Covenant Health at

About The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Founded in 1964, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing over 6,600 surgeons, researchers and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. Learn more information about STS at

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