(Stevens Point, WI) – Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital has joined the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®). Named “Best in the Nation” for surgical quality by the Institute of Medicine, ACS NSQIP is the first nationally validated, outcomes-based program used to measure and improve the quality of surgical care in private hospitals.
"Our top priority is to make sure our patients receive the best surgical care possible,” stated Christopher (Kit) Swiecki, MD, Surgeon, Ministry Medical Group. “By voluntarily participating in this program, our hospital is joining forces with other leading hospitals around the country to uncover new ways to help our patients get the best results from surgical treatment.”
ACS NSQIP is a national program that enables participating hospitals to evaluate surgical outcomes using a comprehensive database that compares surgical outcomes to identify opportunities to improve the quality of surgical care it delivers. Its data collection mechanism uses a 30-day, risk adjusted surgical outcomes process that allows valid benchmarking among all participating hospitals. This process improves and advances surgical care because it offers a clear picture of what’s currently happening in hospitals where operations occur, and allows participating hospitals to compare their results to other hospitals in the ACS NSQIP program.
Since the program was launched in the private sector in 2001, ACS NSQIP participating hospitals have achieved significant improvements in surgical quality and cost savings by using the program’s tools, reports, and data analysis features. NSQIP helps surgical teams prevent medical complications, which can save medical costs and save lives. In fact, a 2009 study published in the Annals of Surgery reported that each year a hospital participates in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®), it has the opportunity to reduce the number of complications by 250 to 500 and save 12 to 36 lives.
ACS NSQIP will help the surgical team at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital track surgical patient outcomes in more than 40 key areas called “measures,” five of which have been endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF)—a national voluntary consensus standards-setting organization that works to improve the quality of American health care. The NQF-endorsed NSQIP measures include tracking outcomes in elderly surgical patients, colectomy outcomes, lower-extremity bypass outcomes, surgical site infections, and urinary tract infections. Some of these measures—such as surgical site infections—are also tracked after patients are discharged from the hospital to home care.
The surgical clinical reviewer (SCR), Julie Morrell, RN, at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital will collect and validate data on a host of variables related to the patient’s condition before, during and after the operation. The measurement method adjusts for the complexity or severity of a patient’s illness or condition so that Ministry Saint Michael’s has the clinical data they need to evaluate their performance and find better ways to care for their surgical patients.
“As medical professionals, we know that the best way to deliver superior care is to participate in a scientifically-based program to measure, study and improve care. We applaud Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital for being among the leaders in this national effort,” said Clifford Y. Ko, MD, Director of Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care American College of Surgeons.