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Winthrop-University Hospital Receives National Recognition for Meritorious Outcomes from the American College of Surgeons
Date
October 11, 2016
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Mineola, NY – The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Winthrop-University Hospital as one of 60 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. As a participant in the ACS NSQIP, Winthrop 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.

“Winthrop-University Hospital is honored to receive this significant national recognition for patient safety and outcomes for the second year in a row,” said Collin Brathwaite, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Winthrop. “This recognition is a further testament that Winthrop is committed to the highest quality care for our patients and members of the community.”

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a composite meritorious outcome related to patient management in 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. The 60 hospitals commended achieved the distinction based on their outstanding composite quality score across the eight areas listed above. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2016 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2015 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes.

The 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 the 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 healthcare costs follows. ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in over 770 adult and pediatric hospitals.

For more information about surgical care at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit www.winthrop.org.


About the American College of Surgeons

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 78,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

About Winthrop-University Hospital

Founded in 1896 by a group of local physicians and concerned citizens, Long Island’s first voluntary hospital is a 591-bed university-affiliated medical center and ACS Level 1 Trauma Center offering a full scope of inpatient and outpatient programs and services to address every stage of life. Ever changing and growing with the diverse community it serves, Winthrop is, in many ways, a unique institution, simultaneously large and small, regional as well as local. Winthrop has the country’s highest volume CyberKnife Center and is one of the busiest TAVR centers in the country. It is the first Baby Friendly Hospital on Long Island, and has a Magnet-designated nursing staff. Recognized by Healthgrades as one of the top 5% of hospitals in the US for Clinical Excellence, Winthrop successfully blends the progressive philosophy, sophistication and advances of a teaching and research institution with a personal approach to patient care – an approach that has become the cornerstone of our organization.