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OSF St. Elizabeth recognized nationally for its surgical care

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program has recognized OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa as one of 88 participating hospitals to achieve meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2018, according to a news release from OSF HealthCare.

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

“We are very proud of our surgeons and surgical team for the high-quality care that they provide our patients,” said Ken Beutke, St. Elizabeth president, in a news release.

The recognition program commends 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 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2018 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes. St. Elizabeth has been recognized on both the “All Cases” and “High Risk” 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 for more than 48 hours, renal failure, cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction), respiratory (pneumonia), surgical site infections (superficial, deep incisional and organ-space), or urinary tract infection.

The 88 commended hospitals achieved the distinction based on their composite quality score across the eight areas listed above. A total of 56 hospitals were recognized on both the “All Cases” and “High Risk” lists, 16 other hospitals were on just the “All Cases” list and 16 other hospitals were on the “High Risk” list only.

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