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Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas Recognized for Exemplary Surgical Patient Care
Date:10/1/2009

DALLAS, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas has been recognized as one of 25 hospitals in the nation achieving exemplary outcomes for surgical patient care. The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) recognized 25 participating hospitals for achieving exemplary outcomes related to at least two out of five clinical areas: DVT (deep vein thrombosis, thrombophlebitis and pulmonary embolism); cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction); pneumonia; surgical site infections; and urinary tract infections.

"We are dedicated to quality improvement to enhance the care of our surgical patients, and participating in national programs such as the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program advances our commitment to evidence-based care," said Ronald C. Jones, M.D., chief of surgery, Baylor Dallas. "Because we handle more than 26,000 surgical cases a year, it's a commitment that significantly impacts thousands of people."

As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Baylor Dallas is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that directs patient safety and the quality of surgical care improvements.

"Quality can be measured, and we are proud that our staff has been recognized for providing model surgical care," said Irving Prengler, M.D., vice president of medical affairs.

Quality awards keep coming for Baylor Dallas

The ACS NSQIP recognition is one of several recent quality awards for the hospital. In August, Baylor Dallas received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Achievement Award from TMF(R) Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas. The award honors Texas hospitals that are performing quality initiatives aimed at improving outcomes in patient care by recognizing those hospitals that have improved their performance on specific national quality measures.

About the ACS NSQIP

The ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. The goal of the ACS NSQIP is to reduce surgical morbidity (infection or illness related to a surgical procedure) and to provide a firm foundation for surgeons to apply what is known as the "best scientific evidence" to the practice of surgery.

The ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in more than 250 hospitals. 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.

About Baylor Dallas

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, a 1025-bed not-for-profit academic hospital, is a major patient care and research center in the southwest. The nationally acclaimed medical center serves as flagship hospital for Baylor Health Care System and has earned Magnet status for "Excellence in Nursing Services" from the American Nurses Credentialing Center -- the organization's highest level of recognition. In addition to its Level 1 trauma center, Baylor Dallas is also home to many nationally ranked centers of excellence including transplantation, cardiovascular services, orthopaedics, oncology services, digestive diseases, neurosciences and gynecology. In 2009, U.S. News & World Report recognized Baylor Dallas for the 17th consecutive year in its "America's Best Hospitals" guide.

Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas or Baylor Health Care System.

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