• Bassett Medical Center Surgical Outcomes Earn Meritorious Status from American College of Surgeons

    Bassett Healthcare Network, Bassett Medical Center

    November 28, 2018

    The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Bassett Medical Center for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2017. As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Bassett Medical Center 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.

    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 that includes only “High Risk” cases. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2018 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2017 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes.

    Bassett Medical Center has been recognized on both the “All Cases” and “High Risk” Meritorious lists, and was one of only two hospitals in the region and five statewide to achieve this.

    "We have surgical outcomes on par with the top 10 percent of hospitals in the country that participate in NSQIP and there were over 700 for calendar year 2017,” notes Chief of Surgery Nicholas Hellenthal, MD. “It is a fantastic team effort to achieve something like this. This is not something where you say a surgeon did a great job; it really takes all of us working on behalf of the patient, from the primary care provider to the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care teams. This is an award for all of Bassett." 

    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); SSI (surgical site infections-superficial, deep incisional, and organ-space); or urinary tract infection. Learn more.

    "This program is about promoting safety during surgery. They look at 30-day post-operative occurrences, including 30-day mortality and unplanned return to operating room rates. The goal of NSQIP is to reduce certain surgical complications such as readmissions and blood clots. We place a lot of value on this because it is a clinically reviewed set of data," notes Dr. Hellenthal.
    Bassett has been participating in NSQIP for a decade. 

    About ACS NSQIP
    ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures 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 (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 health care costs follows. ACS NSQIP is a program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in nearly 850 adult and pediatric hospitals.