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NYU Winthrop Hospital Receives National Recognition for Meritorious Patient Outcomes from the American College of Surgeons
Date
November 14, 2017
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Outstanding Quality Scores Span Eight Clinical Areas, Pointing Toward NYU Winthrop's Dedication to Safety Across Hospital Platforms

Mineola, NY — The American College of Surgeons, through its National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®), has recognized NYU Winthrop Hospital as one of only 66 hospitals, out of 680 adult and pediatric hospitals, to have achieved “meritorious” outcomes for surgical patient care. ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures the care of surgical patients, with the program aimed at enhancing and improving outcomes. The program evaluates actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively in eight clinical areas ranging from cardiac incidents to respiratory issues, renal failure, infections and more. The recognition of NYU Winthrop Hospital as ranking among the superior performers points to the Hospital’s high quality surgical care and patient safety that produce optimal outcomes. This marks the third consecutive year that NYU Winthrop has been recognized in this meritorious manner.

“NYU Winthrop is committed to the highest quality patient care, and our record of successful surgical outcomes is testament to that dedication,” said Collin Brathwaite, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at NYU Winthrop Hospital. “We apply the highest levels of care across all Hospital divisions and that shines through with this meritorious recognition, which spans many clinical areas.”

The ACS NSQIP commended this 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 66 hospitals with meritorious rankings achieved that distinction based on outstanding composite quality scores. Risk-adjusted data from the 2016 calendar year served as the basis for the analysis, with that data found in the July 2017 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report.

ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in nearly 800 adult and pediatric hospitals. The program measures not only the actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively, but risk-adjusts patient characteristics to compensate for differences among patient populations and acuity levels. The goal of the program is to ultimately reduce surgical morbidity (infection or illness related to a surgical procedure) and surgical mortality (death related to a surgical procedure). The program also provides 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.

As a participant in ACS NSQIP, NYU Winthrop is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data related to patient safety and the quality of surgical care improvements.

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

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