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    CPMC receives national recognition for meritorious outcomes from the American College of Surgeons


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    San Francisco, CA — October 17, 2013— The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) as one of 37 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. As a participant in ACS NSQIP, CPMC 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.

    "At CPMC we are committed to being on the leading edge of quality and safety innovation,” said CPMC CEO Warren Browner, M.D. PhD. "Our quality and safety initiatives have helped us improve patient safety and quality of surgical care. We are proud of our great advances in these areas and strive for continual improvements."

    The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving meritorious outcome performances related to patient management in nine clinical areas:

    • Mortality,
    • Unplanned intubation,
    • Ventilator>48 hours,
    • Renal failure,
    • DVT (deep vein thrombosis, thrombophlebitis and pulmonary embolism);
    • 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.
    CPMC was commended for achieving the distinction based on outstanding composite quality scores in the nine areas listed above. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2013 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2012 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes.

    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 (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 major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in over 500 hospitals.

    About California Pacific Medical Center

    At San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center we deliver personal, hands-on care to every single patient, every single day. As one of California’s largest private, community-based, not-for-profit medical centers, we research the most up-to-date treatments, hire the most qualified individuals, and practice the most modern, innovative medicine available. We deliver the highest-quality expert care with kindness and compassion in acute, post-acute and outpatient services, as well as preventive and complementary medicine. We also provide disease counseling, family support and wellness treatments.

    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 74,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.