CMHVI is a Cardiac and Vascular Center of Quality

Recognition and Accreditations

CMHVI is a state-of-the-art facility that uses evidence-based clinical practice, sound research and tested care principles to support excellent clinical outcomes. CMHVI is committed to providing continuous quality care to the communities we serve, our patients and their families. The physicians and staff remain proud of the values that have served as a foundation for the program since its inception.

C = Compassion M = Mastery H = Honesty V = Vision I = Integrity

CMHVI is proud of these achievements:

  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has awarded a three-star rating to CMHVI for the quality of its heart surgery program for 2013.

    "Only 10 to 15 percent of all hospitals that perform open heart surgery receive the three star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality" said Carmine Frumiento, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon at CMHVI.

    In a recent analysis of national data covering the 2012-2013 period, CMHVI's cardiac surgery performance was in the highest quality tier, earning the Lewiston-based program the STS three-star rating.

    "This top ranking designation demonstrates that patients who undergo cardiac surgery at CMHVI receive outstanding clinical care by a dedicated team of professionals in the caring environment of our single stay unit," said CMHVI Executive Director Susan Horton.

    The STS comprehensive rating system allows for nationwide comparisons of cardiac surgery quality among some 750 hospitals. The system considers many categories of cardiac surgery data on an annual basis. The data in the STS analysis includes avoidance of mortality, avoidance of major complications, use of arteries as bypass grafts, and the administration of all appropriate pre- and post-operative medications.

    The STS developed a national database in 1989 as part of an effort to improve quality and patient safety in cardiothoracic surgery. The STS database focuses on three cardiothoracic surgery subspecialties: adult cardiac, general thoracic, and congenital heart surgery. The STS has developed 11 measures of quality divided into four broad categories or domains. These individual measures and the overall composite measure methodology used by STS are endorsed by the National Quality Forum and have received careful scrutiny by national quality measure experts.

    "This top ranking reflects the commitment of the surgeons and the cardiovascular support team involved in the care of our patients to provide the highest level of excellence to the surgical patients," said Paul Weldner, M.D., a cardiac valvular heart surgeon at CMHVI.

    The STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database is the largest registry of its kind in the world. It includes some 4.5 million cardiothoracic surgical records from 1,100 surgical groups in the United States.

  • Maine's first Accredited Chest Pain Center 2005

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield- Blue Distinction for Cardiac Services

  • Aetna Institute of Quality Cardiac Surgery Network

  • Aetna Institute of Quality Cardiac Medical Interventions ICAEL Seal

  • Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories National (ICAEL)

    • Accreditation in Echocardiography, Stress Echocardiography, and Transesophageal Echocardiography

  • Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories National (ICAVL)

    • Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing, Peripheral Venous Testing, and Peripheral Arterial Testing

  • American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)

    • Program Certification Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Health Grades Quality Ratings

    • 3 - Star Hospital Quality Rating for Carotid Artery Surgery and Peripheral Bypass Surgery

    • 3- Star Hospital Quality Rating for Heart Attack, Heart Bypass surgery (CABG), and Valve Replacement Surgery