SMC Receives National Meritorious Recognition from American College of Surgeons

SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR MERITORIOUS
OUTCOMES FROM THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS

Watertown, New York — The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Samaritan Medical Center as one of 60 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Samaritan Medical Center 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.

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a composite meritorious outcome 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); or urinary tract infection.

“We are honored to have received this recognition from The American College of Surgeons,” states Dr. Mario Victoria, SMC Chief Medical Officer. “This is a testament to our physicians, nurses and all support staff and their commitment to the best care possible to our patients. It validates for us and for our patients that Samaritan Medical Center delivers a level of care equal to or better than other hospitals across the nation.”

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 (infection or illness related to a surgical procedure) and surgical mortality (death 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. Furthermore, when adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced and/or eliminated, a reduction in healthcare costs follows. ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in over 770 adult and pediatric 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. 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 78,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

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Editor’s Note: This recognition is the third of its kind recently received by Samaritan Medical Center. Others include the Joint Commission’s Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® recognition and Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care.