The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement
Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Huntington Hospital as one of 88 ACS NSQIP participating
hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient
care in 2018. As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Huntington Hospital is required
to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures
and collect data that assesses patient safety and can be used to direct
improvement in the quality of surgical care.
“We are proud to be recognized by the American College of Surgeons
for this national designation,” said Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, President
and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “When a patient comes to us for any
type of surgery – outpatient or inpatient- they are trusting us
with their care. This designation speaks to the high quality of our surgical
care and outcomes for our patients thanks to our dedicated nurses, physicians
The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals
for achieving a meritorious composite score in either an “All Cases”
category or a category which includes only “High Risk” cases.
Risk-adjusted data from the July 2019
ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2018 calendar year, were used to determine
which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes. Huntington Hospital
has been recognized on both the “All Cases” and “High
Risk” Meritorious lists.
Each composite score was determined through a different weighted formula
combining eight outcomes. The outcome performances related to patient
management were in the following 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.
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 health care costs follows. ACS NSQIP is a major program
of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in nearly 850
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 82,000 members and it is the largest organization
of surgeons in the world.