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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (May 22, 2014) – Mission Heart has received a "3 Star" rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) surgery, placing it once again in the top tier of heart surgery centers across the United States that perform such procedures. A 3 Star rating is the highest category of quality and designates that bypass surgery results are statistically better than the national mean. Mission Heart has received this top honor 13 times since the star rating system began in 2006. Hospitals that score below average receive one star; those in the average rating receive two stars; and programs that score significantly above average – approximately 12 percent of nearly 1,000 surgical groups in the U.S. that perform cardiac surgery – receive the top-tier rating of three stars.