UNC Hospitals again receives national recognition for top patient outcomes

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized UNC Hospitals for achieving “meritorious” outcomes for surgical patient care for the second year in a row. UNC Hospitals is the only hospital in North Carolina, as well the only academic medical center in the country, to receive the honor.

The NSQIP recognition is given each year to a select group of hospitals for achieving excellent surgical outcomes related to patient management in nine clinical areas:  mortality; unplanned intubation; ventilator > 48 hours; renal failure; DVT (deep vein thrombosis, thrombophlebitis and pulmonary embolism); 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. 

“The NSQIP is the gold standard for quality data reporting and measures for surgical outcomes and the only externally validated and objective data on surgical quality available.  This award is a true honor, representing the breadth of surgical care and true patient outcomes,” said Mark Koruda, MD, Vice Chair, Department of Surgery, UNC School of Medicine.

As a participant in ACS NSQIP, UNC Hospitals 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 37 hospitals recognized this year achieved the distinction based on their outstanding composite quality score in the nine areas listed above.  UNC is one of only nine hospitals to receive the recognition two years in a row.

“I applaud our dedicated health care providers and staff for achieving this high honor two years in a row. The commitment to high quality and excellent patient care is a hallmark of UNC Hospitals and we are proud to receive this recognition,” said Gary Park, President, UNC Hospitals.

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. 

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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