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PeaceHealth Southwest earns national quality award

March 2, 2018

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP(R)) has recognized PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center as one of only 66 U.S. hospitals to achieve meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. A total of 680 U.S. and Canadian hospitals were evaluated by ACS NSQIP.

"We're grateful to be recognized by the American College of Surgeons for our success in providing quality surgical care to our patients," said Lawrence Neville, MD, Chief Medical Officer at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. "The ACS has a sharp focus on raising the bar for surgical safety, quality, and outcomes -- which aligns exactly with our work at PeaceHealth Southwest."
The ACS NSQIP recognition program recognizes hospitals for achieving outstanding composite quality scores across eight clinical areas: 
    * mortality
    * unplanned intubation
    * ventilator > 48 hours
    * renal failure
    * cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction)
    * respiratory (pneumonia)
    * surgical site infections - superficial and deep incisional and organ-space
    * urinary tract infection

As a participant in ACS NSQIP, PeaceHealth Southwest tracks the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collects data that directs patient safety and the quality of surgical care improvements. The 66 hospitals were named to the meritorious outcomes list based on risk-adjusted data from the July 2017 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2016 calendar year. The only other Pacific Northwest hospital on the ACS NSQIP list is PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon. The ACS NSQIP list of the nation's 66 meritorious hospitals is available online at

About PeaceHealth Southwest
The region's health care leader and steward for 155 years, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 450-bed, medical institution located in Vancouver, Washington. Repeatedly recognized nationally as a 100 Top Hospital, PeaceHealth Southwest provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services to Clark County residents. PeaceHealth Southwest is also one of Clark County's largest employers with 3,400 employees and 600 active medical staff members that help support dozens of medical specialty services and programs, including cancer, heart, emergency, trauma, neuro-musculoskeletal, family birth, and primary care. For more information visit

About the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program
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 nearly 800 adult and pediatric hospitals.

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 80,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.