Heart and Vascular statistics and highlights

Program statistics (as of July 2020)

  • First heart/lung transplant in the state of Nebraska (2018)
  • More than 450 (LVAD) patients
  • More than 400 heart transplant patients
  • More than 600  Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS\ECMO) patients
  • 443rd Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) patient
  • 10th Total Artificial Heart patient
  • 33rd lung transplant patient – started in 2016

Awards and distinctions


  • High-performing hospital in cardiology in the 2012, 2013 and 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals ranking
  • Nebraska Medicine has demonstrated sustained achievement in ACTION Registry® Silver Performance Achievement Award for four consecutive quarters and met high performance standards for specific performance measures to receive this 2018 award
  • The "Gold Seal of Approval" certification from The Joint Commission for our acute myocardial infarction program -- the first and only nationally certified program of its kind in Nebraska
  • American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® Gold Quality Achievement Award 2017: for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks
  • Becker’s Hospital Review named Nebraska Medicine to the 2016 edition of its list, “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Heart Programs”
  • Cycle IV Chest Pain Center with PCI Accreditation awarded by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care August 2016
  • American College of Cardiology National Cardiovascular Data Registry Action GWTG National Patient Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award Received: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Accredited in Adult and Pediatric Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)
  • Accredited in Nuclear Cardiology by the American College of Radiology (ACR)

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation

  • American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation accreditation
  • Nebraska Medicine is recognized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Adult congenital heart disease

Nebraska Medicine and Children Hospital & Medical Center’s joint Adult Congenital Heart Disease program has received accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), a nationwide organization focused on improving standards of care and connecting patients, family members and healthcare providers to form a community of support and network of experts with knowledge of CHD.   


  • U.S. News & World Report High Performing Hospital in aortic valve surgery 2020-2021
  • U.S. News & World Report High Performing Hospital in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair 2017-2018 and 2018-2019
  • U.S. News & World Report High Performing Hospital in aortic valve surgery 2017-2018

Coronary artery disease

  • U.S. News & World Report High Performing Hospitals in heart bypass surgery 2017-2018
  • U.S. News & World Report High Performing Hospitals in heart bypass surgery 2019-2021

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 3-Star rating

As a national leader in health care transparency and accountability, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons believes that the public has a right to know the quality of surgical outcomes. To further this goal, the organization has established the STS Public Reporting initiative, which allows participants in the STS National Database to voluntarily report their surgical outcomes to the public on the STS website, the Consumer Reports website, or both. The first public reporting scores and ratings were published in September 2010 on isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery data that were included in the ACSD. Since then, the initiative has grown to include isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) and combined AVR and CABG (AVR+CABG) from the ACSD, observed-to-expected operative mortality ratios for procedures in the CHSD, and lobectomy procedures in the GTSD. Using this information, consumers can see how participating cardiac surgical groups compare with national benchmarks for overall performance, survival, complications, and other measures. Nebraska Medicine is proud to achieve a three-star rating for cardiac surgery.

Heart failure, LVAD/mechanical circulatory support, aortic valve and transplant

  • U.S. News & World Report High Performing Hospitals in heart failure 2017- 2021
  • U.S. News & World Report High Performing Hospitals in aortic valve surgery 2020- 2021
  • The only heart failure program in the state to be nationally certified. This designation is based on best practices, compliance with rigorous nationally approved standards and demonstration of superior outcomes
  • Joint Commission, Disease-Specific Care (DSC) program, Gold Seal of Approval, Heart Failure: 2007 to present
  • Joint Commission, Disease-Specific Care (DSC) program, Gold Seal of Approval, Advanced Certification, Ventricular Assist Device: 2011 to present
  • Top 10 enroller in the MOMENTUM 3 U.S. IDE Clinical Trial for the HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist Device


  • Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL)
  • Accredited in Vascular Testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)

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