The Mount Sinai Hospital Recognized for Meritorious Outcomes for Third Straight Year
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Posted by: Julie Briggs
We are proud to share that The Mount Sinai Hospital has been recognized for meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care for the third consecutive year by The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®), one of 60 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals in the nation to achieve this recognition.
The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of only 18 hospitals to have received meritorious status two years in a row, and one of only five hospitals to receive the status in three consecutive years, out of 615 domestic and international hospitals that were analyzed for the most current outcomes measures.
As a participant in ACS NSQIP, The Mount Sinai Hospital 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 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 health care costs follows.
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. The 60 hospitals commended achieved the distinction based on their outstanding composite quality score across the eight areas listed above. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2016 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2015 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes.
This continued recognition is possible through the outstanding efforts of our surgeons and the detailed precision of our Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement (SOQI) team, a centralized group within the Department of Surgery that focuses on improving clinical outcomes and patient experience through dedicated data collection/analysis, innovative process engineering, and targeted quality improvement projects. The office monitors a broad range of surgical procedures including general surgery, vascular, plastics, surgical oncology, colorectal, and pediatrics. The department’s relatively high case volume fosters the ability to impact a large population of surgical candidates and implement improvements that are tailored to specific patients’ needs. The team also pinpoints opportunities to innovate new standards in patient care.
Read the full press release here.