NHRMC Receives Meritorious Status from ACS for 2nd Straight Year

December 07, 2017

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized New Hanover Regional Medical Center as one of 66 participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2016.  As a participant in ACS NSQIP, NHRMC 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. 

NHRMC is one of only 19 participating hospitals who received meritorious commendation in 2015 and 2016. Altogether, 680 hospitals participated in the NSQIP in 2016.

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends hospitals who rate the highest on measurements of a set of criteria that includes eight clinical areas: 

  • Mortality
  • Unplanned intubation
  • Ventilator > 48 hours
  • Renal failure
  • Cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction)
  • Respiratory (pneumonia)
  • Surgical site infections -- superficial and deep incisional and organ-space SSIs
  • Urinary tract infection

The study considers results from all general surgeons and vascular surgeons at participating hospitals. So the numbers include gastrointestinal, breast, vascular, colon, thoracic, and oncology surgeries, among others.

“This recognition shows that NHRMC is providing great care for our patients,” said Dr. William Hope, Medical Director for the NQSIP Program at NHRMC. “This hospital is a high-functioning surgical center with good outcomes.”

NHRMC has built a culture of continuous improvement using Lean procedures.

“The hospital continues to invest in quality improvement, and the results are proven through evaluating outcomes,” Dr. Hope said.

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.

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 80,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.