Newton-Wellesley Hospital Receives National Recognition for Exemplary Surgical Outcomes
The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) has recognized Newton-Wellesley Hospital as one of 26 hospitals participating in this program in the United States that have achieved exemplary outcomes for surgical patient care. As part of ACS NSQIP, Newton-Wellesley Hospital is required to track the outcomes of surgical procedures and collect data that directs patient safety and the quality of surgical care improvements.
"We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the American College of Surgeons," said Frederick Millham, MD, Chair of Surgery, Newton-Wellesley Hospital. "Our entire surgical staff works tirelessly each day to provide the highest quality of care to our patients while ensuring the highest level of patient safety."
According to a press release, "the ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving exemplary outcome performances related to patient management in five clinical areas: DVT (deep vein thrombosis, thrombophlebitis and pulmonary embolism); cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction); Pneumonia; SSI (surgical site infections-superficial and deep incisional and organ-space SSIs); or urinary tract infection."
The 26 hospitals recognized attained exemplary results in two or more of these five areas. Data from a semiannual report were used to determine which hospitals had exemplary outcomes.
ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. This program measures surgical results 30 days after an operation as well as risk adjustments based on patient characteristics. The goal of ACS NSQIP is to reduce infection or illness related to a surgical procedure and surgical mortality and to help surgeons determine best practices to be used during surgery.
ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in over 300 hospitals.
Newton-Wellesley Hospital's Department of Surgery has over 230 members representing all specializations. Currently, operating rooms handle 15,000 cases per year, 70 percent of which are outpatient. Their surgical suites contain the latest in technology. According to The Riker Institute of Surgery and the Picker Institute Survey, their ambulatory surgery center is considered one of the finest in the nation.
Newton-Wellesley Hospital has been serving the community for over a century and provides a wide range of services, including medical, surgical, obstetrical, orthopaedic, neonatal, pediatric, emergency and psychiatric care. The medical staff of the hospital includes nearly 1,000 physicians practicing a full range of specialties. NWH is also a teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine and has established post-graduate training programs for Harvard Medical School residents.