St. Charles Surgical Hospital Receives National Recognition For Meritorious Outcomes from the American College of Surgeons

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St. Charles Surgical Hospital has been awarded recognition by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program for achieving meritorious outcomes for eight areas of patient safety and surgical care.

“This recognition is a testament to our surgeons, nurses, and staff who work towards our mission to provide patients with the best in surgical care,” said Dr. Sullivan of St. Charles Surgical Hospital.

St. Charles Surgical Hospital has been awarded recognition by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. As a participant in ACS NSQIP, St. Charles Surgical Hospital tracks and submits the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures to a national database that monitors patient safety and the quality of surgical care.

“This recognition is a testament to our surgeons, nurses, and staff who work towards our mission to provide patients with the best in surgical care,” states Dr. Sullivan. “We are proud of the recognition alongside the best hospitals nationwide, and continue to be committed to the high quality standards of this program.”

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving meritorious outcome performances related to patient management in eight clinical areas: mortality, unplanned intubation, ventilator > 48 hours, renal failure, cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction); respiratory (pneumonia); SSI (surgical site infections-superficial and deep incisional and organ-space SSIs); and urinary tract infection. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2015 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2014 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes.

ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. This program measures the actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively, as well as risk adjusts patient characteristics to compensate for differences among patient populations and acuity levels. The goal of ACS NSQIP is to reduce surgical morbidity and surgical mortality and to provide a firm foundation for surgeons to apply what is known as the “best scientific evidence” to the practice of surgery. Furthermore, when adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced and/or eliminated, a reduction in health care costs follows. ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in over 650 adult and pediatric hospitals nationwide.

THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 74,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

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