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American College of Surgeons Announces Goal to Enlist 1,000 Hospitals to its National Surgical Quality Improvement Program
Date:7/18/2011

lions of dollars – every year."

To encourage hospitals to collaborate and share best practices in quality improvement, ACS will host a series of community forums across the nation with health care leaders representing academic medical centers and medical schools, hospitals and not-for-profit health care associations. Following today's forum, other locations will include California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

As part of the initiative, ACS has also released a series of videos that capture what "inspiring quality" means from the perspective of patients, surgeons and the overall industry. These videos can be found on the ACS website www.facs.org/quality. Additional videos will be added to the site as meetings are held across the country.

"To improve quality, hospitals and surgeons need to set and accurately measure themselves against relevant and significant standards and have the right resource infrastructure in place to treat their patients," said Carlos Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon), Chair of the ACS Board of Regents. "But saying we want to improve quality isn't enough – we all must be willing to work together and hold ourselves accountable for doing it. Coming together peer-to-peer and discussing best practices for quality improvement is not only beneficial from a hospital's perspective, it's the right thing to do for our patients."

Coordinated quality and patient safety efforts are an important national focus with the release this year of the National Quality Strategy, led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Getting at least 1,000 hospitals into ACS NSQIP can dramatically accelerate movement toward meeting National Quality Strategy goals. Currently about 400 hospitals participate in ACS NSQIP, which is based on collecting clinical, risk-adjusted, 30-day outcomes data in a nationally benchmarked database.

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