In an effort to help patients and referring physicians find experienced Centers, the Mitral Foundation and the American Heart Association® launched a joint recognition program to identify, award, and promote the nation’s best medical centers for mitral valve repair surgery. Numerous clinical research studies show a strong correlation between the number of cases performed by experienced mitral valve surgeons and the resultant clinical outcomes1.
The first group of mitral valve repair reference centers are now being identified for recognition. If you are a patient interested in learning about recognized mitral valve repair reference centers, check back here soon to see the list of Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award recipients, as well as links to their websites and contact information.
If you are a surgeon, hospital, or center interested in applying for the Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award, click here to contact us and to learn about the award program and start the application process.
About the Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award
Born from a critical need for transparency and clarity, the Mitral Foundation and the American Heart Association created this Award to identify and recognize the nation’s best hospitals and surgeons for mitral valve repair surgery based on objective performance measures.
The Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award will:
- Recognize those centers that have a demonstrated record of superior clinical outcomes, as well as an ongoing commitment to reporting and measuring quality and outcome metrics specific to mitral valve repairs.
- Promote the availability of such Mitral Valve Repair Reference Centers, to improve geographic access for patients across the United States.
- 1. Chikwe J, Toyoda N, Anyanwu AC, et al. Relation of Mitral Valve Surgery Volume to Repair Rate, Durability, and Survival. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017 Apr 24:S0735-1097(17)30677-0. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2017.02.026