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Hartford Hospital surgery team honored for quality

October 17, 2016

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Hartford Hospital for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. Hartford Hospital is among the only 61 out of 615 hospitals considered to receive this distinction nationwide.

ACS NSQIP participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and then analyze their results. These results direct patient safety initiatives within the hospital and impact the always improving quality of surgical care.

“This recognition is a testament to the quality care we provide. I am proud of our staff’s role in this tremendous accomplishment from the American College of Surgeons,” said Dr. Stuart Markowtiz, president, Hartford Hospital and senior vice president, Hartford HealthCare.

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a meritorious composite score. That composite score was determined through a weighted formula combining eight outcomes including mortality, cardiac (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction,) pneumonia, unplanned intubation, ventilator (greater than 48 hours), renal failure, surgical site infections (SSI) including superficial incisional SSI, deep incisional SSI and organ/space SSI, and urinary tract infections (UTI.)

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.