Alta Bates Summit Receives National Recognition for Surgical Care

Posted on Nov 1, 2016

female-surgeon-smilingFor the third time in five years, Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has received the Meritorious Award from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®). More than 600 hospitals in the country were evaluated and Alta Bates Summit is one of only 61 hospitals to achieve meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care.

“This is a powerful, patient-centered, multi-disciplinary effort led by our surgeons that involves surgery, infection control, quality, compliance, outpatient services and physician office follow-up,” says Steve O’Brien, M.D., Alta Bates Summit’s Chief Medical Executive. “Our NSQIP surgeon champion Steven Stanten, M.D., and our team of surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and other health care professionals are committed to bringing the highest level of care to our patients.”

As a participant, Alta Bates Summit was 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. Our surgical case reviewer and the nurses in our Quality Department ensure data accuracy and performance improvement efforts.

“This is an impressive accomplishment and is a testament to our talented medical staff and our entire surgery team at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center – once again proving that we offer the safest and highest quality care to our patients,” says Dr. Stanten. “Alta Bates Summit is the only Sutter hospital to achieve this level of quality recognition.”

This prestigious recognition program acknowledges a select group of hospitals for achieving meritorious outcome performances related to patient management in nine clinical areas including: mortality, unplanned intubation, ventilator over 48 hours, renal failure, DVT (deep vein thrombosis, thrombophlebitis and pulmonary embolism); cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction); pneumonia; SSI (surgical site infections); or urinary tract infection.

The 61 hospitals recognized achieved this distinction based on their outstanding composite quality score in the nine areas listed above.

Congratulations to all of our surgeons and our Alta Bates Summit staff members on jobs very well done.

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