French Hospital has high heart surgery death rates

April 29, 2013

French_HospitalA state report ranks San Luis Obispo’s French Hospital Medical Center — and a doctor who performs surgeries there — as having some of the highest adjusted mortality rates for heart bypass surgery patients in the state, according to a report released last week by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

French Hospital ranks 115 out of 120 for hospitals in California that host Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgeries. Pismo Beach based surgeon Stephan Freyaldenhoven has the fourth highest adjusted mortality rate, ranking 268 out of 271.

In 2010, of 93 isolated CABG surgeries performed at French Hospital, five patients died.

French Hospital officials did not respond to an email query from CalCoastNews.

CalCoastNews focused on the state’s 95 percent confidence interval for risk-adjusted mortality rates. These rankings are adjusted from the observed mortality rate by factoring in the patient’s specific health indicators and the number of surgeries performed.

For example, even though a physician may have lost one out of two patients, which would be an observed rate of 50 percent, the surgeon may have a better factored rate than a doctor who lost three out of 30 patients.

The state’s reported hospital rates are based on 2010 data, while surgeon grades are based on data from 2009 and 2010. The mortality rates include all deaths which occurred during hospitalization in which the CABG surgery was performed, and any deaths within 30 days after the surgery.

Catholic Healthcare West, a not-for-profit that operates French Hospital, became San Luis Obispo’s only cardiac surgery provider in 2010 after several doctors with a financial interest in French Hospital refused to perform surgeries at other local hospitals.

 


49 Comments

  1. Ted Slanders says:

    This worrisome story is only for non-christians only, because we TRUE Christians have the assurance that our God will take care of us in the way our health if we TRULY believe in Him through faith.

    If Christians need attention because of serious health reasons, all we need is faith. We will receive what we ask for in the healing of our bodies through prayer as the godly passages below so dictate. This godly act is done without ANY interpretation whatsoever, praise!

    “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)

    “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.” (Matthew 18:19)

    “You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.” (Matthew 21:22)

    “ If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7)

    “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

    “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. (Pslam 37:4)

    If the Christian does not receive what they ask for in prayer relating to their bodies ill health, and Satanically need a doctors care, then obviously they don’t believe enough, or at all. Therefore, I am sure Jesus is not smiling upon these people of weak belief.

    The irony is that any TRUE Christian that has any type of Health Insurance is questioning God in the aforementioned passages (1 Corinthians 2:16). This would be a slap to the face of God and Jesus, or Jesus alone if you believe Jesus was God incarnate, and their questioning will be resolved upon Judgment Day, praise!

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    • onceknown says:

      Ted, all Christians will die, just like the rest of us. I know, I know, I’m going to hell.

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        onceknown,

        Christians dying wasn’t the premise. It ‘s while they are here on earth, and what will prevail if they get sick in any way. All they need is to ask God or Jesus to heal them, and it is done if they truly believe.

        Yes, you will be taking the one way E-ticket ride to the flaming sulfur lakes of Hell if you don’t have the faith as talked about in my above godly post! Sorry.

        Remember, our ever loving and forgiving Jesus will send His Angels to gather people like you if you don’t believe, and throw them into a a blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth! (Matthew 13:42) Join us, or be tortured! Quite a choice, huh?

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        moto1965,

        In essence, the loving and ever forgiving Hebrew-Christian God has knowingly killed more people since His inception, than all of the Hospitals combined throughout the world, French Hospital included!

        This is a horrific story where Herbert and Catherine Schaible have allowed two of their babies to die because of just following the scriptures as I have described in my initial post above. This couple obviously were trying to ask God, in faith and belief, to heal their children’s ill health maladies. But, it didn’t work. Biblically speaking, we can only assume that they didn’t believe or have enough faith has the aforementioned passages above so state to affirm their godly request.

        They trusted in following God’s inspired word, and why should’t they in the same vein as many others do on various topics as well? Who is any Christian to know more than the Hebrew-Christian God by not accepting and following HIs inspired word in the bible?

        All TRUE Christians understand that the bible is hardly pro-life, especially where the bible God has killed INNOCENT children Himself, and has ordered same ad infinitum within the scriptures. So, in this story, we can add two more innocent babies that were lost forever in the name of the Hebrew-Christian God. Truly sad.

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        • kettle says:

          Whenever I wonder about god and evil I just consult this handy flow chart.

          http://i.imgur.com/dIbhh.jpg

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        • moto1965 says:

          Ted Slanders,

          Do you not see the error in this line of thinking? “If the Christian does not receive what they ask for in prayer relating to their bodies ill health, and Satanically need a doctors care, then obviously they don’t believe enough, or at all.”

          You say I can have anything as long as I believe but if it doesn’t happen then I obviously don’t believe enough or have enough faith. Who decides this? You? God? Jesus? What makes you more of a believer or have more faith then anyone else who thinks they do?

          Now trust me, I agree that doctors may kill more people because of accidents and bad judgement but if god allows you or I to get cancer in the first place than why should I trust him to take it away and not a doctor?

          And I am sure your answer will be, “I got cancer because I dont believe enough or have enough faith.”

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          • Ted Slanders says:

            moto1965,

            YOUR QUOTE: Do you not see the error in this line of thinking? “If the Christian does not receive what they ask for in prayer relating to their bodies ill health, and Satanically need a doctors care, then obviously they don’t believe enough, or at all.”

            GODLY RESPONSE: No.

            YOUR QUOTE: “but if god allows you or I to get cancer in the first place than why should I trust him to take it away and not a doctor?”

            GODLY RESPONSE: Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the LORD your God.”

            YOUR QUOTE: “And I am sure your answer will be, ‘I got cancer because I don’t believe enough or have enough faith.”

            GODLY RESPONSE: Yes.

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  2. TaxMeAgain says:

    Educate thyself. Read this to start, it’s from the Institute of Medicine. About 100 to 200 THOUSAND people a year are KILLED in the USA because of medical mistakes. Latest estimates are higher. Wait till Obama and Capps get us all in there. More will die.

    http://www.iom.edu/~/media/Files/Report%20Files/1999/To-Err-is-Human/To%20Err%20is%20Human%201999%20%20report%20brief.pdf

    Google “To Err is Human.”

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    • onceknown says:

      The article is from 1999. You make the classical error of saying since there are medical mistakes causing death, Obama’s health care plan will cause more to die. Or, more people will get health care, therefore more people will die.

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    • kettle says:

      This is just a ad-hominem attack on the future of health care.

      Educate thyself. LOL The doctors don’t change with national health, Lois is not going to operate on you.

      Far more people die every year from ignorance then from highly trained professionals.

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  3. coltrane says:

    In this article the data is from 2009-2010. If the year was indeed 2010 and it relied on the data from 2005-2009, both the doctor in question as well as French get better ratings. If one looks at the numbers, one can see that this doctor has performed many, many surgeries and outside of this one time-frame, it appears he has very good results. I haven’t been able to find anything from 2011-2013, but if one combines all the data from 2005-2010, he ends up with a favorable rating.

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    • CA Native says:

      Translation: Decide what outcome you want, then manipulate the data until you get there.

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      • coltrane says:

        All I was trying to do is find out more information regarding the situation. I had a good friend die there last year but I don’t know much about the doctor or the hospital

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      • Truth Seeker says:

        Exactly! Like the article French Hospital Surgeons put in the Tribune trying to scare people about Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center providing Cardiac Procedures. This was a pathetically written letter. Very sad we have educated talented physicians acting like children.

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