Sacred Heart earns meritorious ranking for surgery quality


PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center has been recognized as one of 37 hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2012.

The national recognition places PeaceHealth Sacred Heart in the top 10 percent of hospitals that participate in the respected American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP). More than 300 hospitals submitted data for 2012, including well-known institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins.

"I am very proud of this award," said David DeHaas, MD​, Medical Director for Surgery at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. "The NSQIP program has become a very respected database for quality improvement within the field of surgery, and many prestigious medical centers are utilizing significant resources to improve their performance on the NSQIP metrics."

Surgeons performed a total of 15,272 procedures at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart during the time period in question in calendar year 2012. That number includes 9,637 inpatient and 5,635 outpatient procedures. Besides the obvious patient benefits, better outcomes also mean lower health care costs. When adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced or eliminated, health care costs also decline.

"We have already seen enormous cost-of-care savings based on decreased length of stay for our surgical patients, decrease in the number of surgical site infections, and overall reduction in our post-operative complication rates," Dr. DeHaas said. "We have only begun to scratch the surface on the quality improvement results we can achieve as the institution and PeaceHealth system remain committed to these measures."


ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. The program measures the actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively, and adjusts ratings to take into account any differences among hospitals in the difficulty of surgeries that they attempt and how sick their patients were at time of surgery.

ACS NSQIP works to reduce surgical morbidity (infection or illness related to a surgical procedure) and surgical mortality (death related to a surgical procedure). This information provides a firm foundation for surgeons and hospitals to apply best practices to surgery.