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American College of Surgeons recognizes Providence Health for Surgical Quality

Oct 23, 2017 10:20AM ● By Emily Stevenson

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®)  recognized Providence Health for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2016. This evaluation measures the quality of hospital surgery programs. Providence Health is the only hospital in South Carolina to be honored in this year's distinction.

The high scores received by Providence Health place it in the top 10 percent of 680 hospitals evaluated throughout the nation for Surgical Quality.

ACS NSQIP measures the actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively, risk adjusting to account for differences among patient populations and acuity levels. The goal of ACS NSQIP is to reduce infection or illness related to a surgical procedure, reduce instances of death related to a surgical procedure, and provide a foundation for surgeons to apply the “best scientific evidence” to the practice of surgery. 

Based on its July 2017 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report data, Providence Health achieved a top-tier composite quality score related to all eight of the following outcomes for all of the surgeries it performed in 2016.

  • Mortality
  • Cardiac
  • Pneumonia
  • Unplanned Intubation
  • Ventilator > 48 hours
  • Renal Failure
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • SSI

“Two things drive the care provided here at Providence Health: Compassion and Quality,” said Providence Health’s Chief of the Department of Surgery, Dr. W. McIver Leppard. “We are proud of the national recognition we continue to receive in these areas, and are grateful that we can provide such quality care to the Midlands.”