College of surgeons commends Beebe for meritorious outcomes

November 16, 2020

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program has recognized Beebe Healthcare as one of 89 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2019.

As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Beebe is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that assesses patient safety and can be used to direct improvement in the quality of surgical care.

“At Beebe Healthcare, we always strive to provide exemplary care before, during, and after surgery,” said Dr. David A. Tam, president and CEO, Beebe Healthcare. “We are honored to be recognized for the surgical outcomes that we work so hard to provide to our patients every day.”

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a meritorious composite score in either an All Cases category or a category which includes only High Risk cases. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2020 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2019 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes. Beebe Healthcare has been recognized on both the All Cases and High Risk Meritorious lists.

Each composite score was determined through a different weighted formula combining eight outcomes. The outcome performances related to patient management were in the following 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; or urinary tract infection.

The 89 commended hospitals achieved the distinction based on their outstanding composite quality score across the eight areas listed above.

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 meaning 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 nearly 850 adult and pediatric hospitals.

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