ACS Award

VENTURA, Calif.  — The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program has recognized Ventura County Medical Center as one of 83 participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2017. As a participant in the program, VCMC 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.

The ACS 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. Ventura County Medical Center has been recognized on the “All Cases” Meritorious list.

“Ventura County Medical Center is the first hospital in Ventura County to receive this prestigious designation,” said Kim Milstein, VCMC CEO. “Only five hospitals in California will receive this designation in 2018.”

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; long-term ventilator; renal failure; cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction; pneumonia; surgical site infections; or urinary tract infection.  

The 83 commended hospitals achieved the distinction based on their outstanding composite quality score across the eight areas listed above. There were 708 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals for calendar-year 2017. Of those, 58 hospitals were recognized on both the All Cases and High-Risk lists. The Ventura County Medical Center and 11 others were on the All Cases list, and 13 more hospitals were on the High-Risk list.    

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. When adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced and/or eliminated, a reduction in health care costs follows
 
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 has more than 80,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

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