RMC Enrolls in National Surgical Quality Improvement Program
Dion Franga, MD, FACS, RPVI, general and vascular surgeon for RMC
The Regional Medical Center (RMC) has joined the American College of Surgeons' National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®). Named “Best in the Nation” for surgical quality by the Institute of Medicine, ACS NSQIP is the first nationally validated, outcomes-based program used to measure and improve the quality of surgical care in hospitals.
"Our top priority is to make sure our patients receive the best surgical care possible,” said Dion Franga, MD, FACS, RPVI, general and vascular surgeon for RMC. “By voluntarily participating in this program, our hospital is joining forces with other leading hospitals around the country to uncover new ways to help our patients get the best results from surgical treatment.”
ACS NSQIP is a national program that enables participating hospitals to evaluate and compare surgical outcomes using a comprehensive database to identify opportunities to improve the quality of surgical care it delivers. Its data collection mechanism uses a 30-day, risk adjusted surgical outcomes process that allows valid benchmarking among all participating hospitals. This process improves and advances surgical care because it offers a clear picture of what’s currently happening in hospitals where operations occur, and allows participating hospitals to compare their results to other hospitals in the ACS NSQIP program.
“As medical professionals, we know that the best way to deliver superior care is to participate in a scientifically-based program to measure, study and improve care. We applaud RMC for being among the leaders in this national effort,” said Clifford Y. Ko, MD, Director of Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care American College of Surgeons.
ACS NSQIP helps the surgical team at RMC track surgical patient outcomes in more than 40 key areas called “measures,” five of which have been endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) — a national voluntary consensus standards-setting organization that works to improve the quality of American health care. The NQF-endorsed NSQIP measures include tracking outcomes in elderly surgical patients, colectomy outcomes, lower-extremity bypass outcomes, surgical site infections, and urinary tract infections. Some of these measures — such as surgical site infections — are also tracked after patients are discharged from the hospital to home care.
The surgical clinical reviewer (SCR), Libbi Myers, RN, BSN at RMC collects and validates data on a host of variables related to the patient’s condition before, during and after the operation.. The measurement method adjusts for the complexity or severity of a patient’s illness or condition so that RMC has the clinical data they need to evaluate their performance and find better ways to care for their surgical patients.
Since the program was launched in the private sector in 2001, ACS NSQIP participating hospitals have achieved significant improvements in surgical quality and cost savings by using the program’s tools, reports, and data analysis features. NSQIP helps surgical teams prevent medical complications, which can save lives and medical costs. A 2009 study published in the Annals of Surgery reported that each year a hospital participates in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®), it has the opportunity to reduce the number of complications by 250 to 500 and save 12 to 36 lives.
About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) 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. For nearly 100 years, ACS has led national and international initiatives to improve quality in hospitals as well as the more specific fields of trauma, cancer, and surgical quality. These initiatives have been shown to measurably improve the quality of care, prevent complications, reduce costs, and save lives. The College has more than 78,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information about the ACS, please visit www.facs.org
About the Regional Medical Center (RMC)
The Regional Medical Center, in Orangeburg, S.C., is a 286-bed acute-care facility, employing more than 1,200 healthcare professionals. Serving Orangeburg and Calhoun counties and surrounding areas, RMC is accredited by The Joint Commission and has Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center. RMC offers a 24-hour emergency department and a full-range of high-quality medical services such as same day surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics, cardiology, cancer care, dialysis access and the latest in diagnostic imaging. The Regional Medical Center also operates nine Primary Care practices, three Cardiology practices, an Orthopaedics practice, two Surgery practices, an Internal medicine practice, an Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology practice, and an Obstetrics/Gynecology practice, as well as after-hours Urgent Care with physician, lab and X-Ray in Santee and Bamberg. RMC’s Mobile Services van provides digital mammography throughout the region. For more information, visit www.trmchealth.org
About the Regional Medical Center and MUSC Health Affiliation
RMC recently affiliated with MUSC Health, the most nationally recognized and comprehensive academic teaching facility in S.C., to further enhance select healthcare services for patients in the region. Current collaborations include telestroke, cancer treatment and surgical weight loss programs with future planned collaborations in heart, orthopaedic and behavioral health care. Through the affiliation RMC patients and referring physicians receive priority access to MUSC Medical Center should their treatment be required in Charleston. For more information, visit www.muschealth.org/affiliations/rmc/