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NorthShore Nationally Honored as Part of Select Group for Top Surgical Care

NorthShore Nationally Honored as Part of Select Group for Top Surgical Care

11/1/2018 NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is among a select group of hospitals nationwide to be recognized by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. The award is specific to the high quality patient outcomes achieved at NorthShore Evanston Hospital in 2017. 

ACS NSQIP evaluated hospitals in an “All Cases” category and a category that included only “High Risk” cases. Evanston Hospital is one of just 58 hospitals, of 568 eligible, to be recognized on both meritorious lists. The evaluation looked at outcome performances in the following 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); and urinary tract infection. 

“We have a tremendous commitment to patient safety and quality at NorthShore and it’s great to be recognized for that work and the positive outcomes we’re seeing,” said Chief Quality and Transformation Officer Lakshmi Halasyamani, MD. “We are proud of this honor and continue the work of providing the best possible care at all NorthShore facilities.”  

As a participant in ACS NSQIP, NorthShore 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. ACS NSQIP is a nationally validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based program that was established to measure and improve the quality of surgical care. 

A listing of the recognized hospitals is available on the ACS website. NorthShore’s three other hospitals – Glenbrook, Skokie and Highland Park – have not yet participated in NSQIP long enough to be eligible for this award.