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Cancer surgery center earns top ranking

Shipley Cardiothoracic Center only facility in Florida and one of six in the U.S. to earn 3-star rating.

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  • | 6:11 a.m. September 19, 2018
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FORT MYERS — Lee Health’s Shipley Cardiothoracic Center has been awarded a 3-star rating, the highest possible, by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for lobectomy, a lung cancer procedure that removes a portion of the lung.

The center is the only 3-star publicly reporting facility in Florida, and one of only six registry participants in the nation to be designated a 3-star program, according to a statement 

"We're very honored to be ranked among the top centers in the country and look forward to building on this success," says Dr. Paul DiGiorgi, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Lee Health's Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, in the statement. "Our surgeons strive every day to provide the best care to our patients and this recognition demonstrates that.”

Thoracic surgeons specialize in diseases of the lungs, the esophagus and the mediastinum — the area between the lungs. Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, located at HealthPark Medical Center, offers an innovative approach to the surgical treatment of heart and lung diseases with an emphasis on innovation, education and research. 

The ranking covers the three-year period from January 2015 to December 2017 and is based on data collected from the General Thoracic Surgery Database. Participants receive a 3-star, 2-star or 1-star rating.



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