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Seventy-eight ACS NSQIP® participating hospitals recognized for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care

Recognized hospitals are deemed “meritorious” for their composite quality scores in eight surgical care outcome areas

November 2, 2022

CHICAGO: The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized 78 of an eligible 607 hospitals participating in the adult program for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2021. ACS NSQIP participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures; these outcomes are then analyzed by ACS and reported back to hospitals. These results inform patient safety initiatives within the hospital and impact the quality of surgical care for all patients.

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a meritorious composite score in either an “All Cases” category or a category which includes only “High Risk” surgical cases. Each composite score was determined through a different weighted formula combining eight potential adverse outcomes. Outcomes in the following eight clinical areas were evaluated: 

  • Mortality
  • Cardiac: cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction
  • Pneumonia
  • Unplanned Intubation
  • Ventilator use for more than 48 hours
  • Renal Failure
  • Surgical Site Infection (SSI): superficial incisional SSI, deep incisional SSI, and organ/space SSI
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Although only performance in calendar year 2021 was evaluated for the 2022 meritorious lists, a hospital must have submitted at least one case in each of the calendar years of 2019, 2020, and 2021 to be eligible for consideration on either list. Of the 685 NSQIP hospitals participating in 2021, 607 met the three-year criteria to be eligible for meritorious consideration. 

“The hospitals on our meritorious lists are demonstrating a real commitment to using data to improve the surgical care they provide their patients. They deserve special recognition for their commitment to quality improvement,” said Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS, Director of the ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care. “ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. By examining its data related to other hospitals, a hospital can readily identify areas where they need to improve and put action plans in place to do it.”

Seventy-eight hospitals achieved the distinction based on an outstanding composite quality score, calculated from risk-adjusted data from the July 2022 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2021 calendar year. These scores were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes.

  • Forty hospitals are recognized on both the “All Cases” and “High Risk” lists
  • Twenty-one hospitals are on the “All Cases” list only
  • Twenty-one hospitals are on the “High Risk” list only

The meritorious hospitals represent approximately ten percent of the 607 ACS NSQIP eligible hospitals.* These meritorious hospitals are eligible to display these achievements amongst their staff and within their institutions.

View a listing of the recognized hospitals.

ACS NSQIP 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.

“Not only can ACS NSQIP help hospitals save lives by reducing surgical morbidity and mortality, it can also help hospitals improve their operations and reduce healthcare costs that can occur when adverse events happen,” Dr. Ko said. “There are currently more than 850 adult and pediatric hospitals participating in ACS NSQIP and we are proud to support them in their quality improvement journey.”

* Eighty-two hospitals achieved meritorious outcomes. However, four hospitals did not consent to their names being released, leaving 78 hospitals on the final list.

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 improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. 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 84,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. "FACS" designates that a surgeon is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


ACS NSQIP Meritorious Hospitals (January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021)

AdventHealth Altamonte Springs AC
Altamonte Springs, FL

AdventHealth Celebration AC
Kissimmee, FL

AdventHealth Waterman AC HR
Tavares, FL

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center AC HR
Oakland, CA

Anne Arundel Medical Center AC HR
Annapolis, MD

Baptist Health Baptist Hospital in Miami * HR
Miami, FLBaptist

Memorial Healthcare Memphis * AC HR
Memphis, TN

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center AC
Houston, TX

Brooke Army Medical Center * AC HR
Fort Sam Houston, TX

Carle Foundation Hospital AC
Urbana, IL

Cleveland Clinic Foundation * AC HR
Cleveland, OH

Cooper University Hospital AC HR
Camden, NJ

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center * AC
Lebanon, NH

David Grant USAF Medical Center * AC HR
Travis AFB, CA

Duke University Hospital * HR
Durham, NC

El Paso County Hospital District d/b/a
University Medical Center of El Paso * AC HR
El Paso, TX

Evans Army Community Hospital * AC
Fort Carson, CO

Fox Chase Cancer Center AC HR
Philadelphia, PA

Henry Ford Hospital HR
Detroit, MI

Humber River Hospital AC HR
Toronto, ON

Huntington Health * AC
Pasadena, CA

International Medical Center AC
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center * AC HR
Baltimore, MD

Kaiser Foundation Hospital San Francisco AC HR
San Francisco, CA

Kaiser Foundation Hospital Vallejo HR
Vallejo, CA

Lakeridge Health AC
Oshawa, ON

Logan Health Medical Center AC
Kalispell, MT

Massachusetts General Hospital * AC HR
Boston, MA

Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Medical Center, Inc. * HR
La Crosse, WI

Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire Hospital, Inc. * AC HR
Eau Claire, WI

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center HR
Houston, TX

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital HR
The Woodlands, TX

Memorial Hospital Pembroke HR
Pembroke Pines, FL

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center * AC, HR
New York, NY

Missouri Baptist Medical Center, BJC Healthcare AC, HR
Saint Louis, MO

Mount Sinai Beth Israel AC, HR
New York, NY

Mount Sinai Hospital * HR
Toronto, ON

Natividad Medical Center AC, HR
Salinas, CA

Nepean Hospital HR
Kingswood, Australia

New York – Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital HR
Brooklyn, NY

New York – Presbyterian/Queens HR
Flushing, NY

North Mississippi Medical Center Inc. AC
Tupelo, MS

North York General Hospital * AC, HR
Toronto, ON

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital * AC
DeKalb, IL

NYU Langone Hospital – Long Island * AC, HR
Mineola, NY

NYU Langone Hospitals * AC, HR
New York, NY

Oak Valley Health, Markham Stouffville Hospital * AC, HR
Markham, ON

Overlook Medical Center (Atlantic Health) AC, HR
Summit, NJ

Pali Momi Medical Center AC, HR
Aiea, HI

Parkview Hospital AC, HR
Fort Wayne, IN

Port Macquarie Base Hospital AC, HR
Port Macquarie, Australia

Prince of Wales Hospital HR
Sydney, Australia

Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital HR
Greenville, SC

Providence Portland Medical Center * AC, HR
Portland, OR

Red Deer Regional Hospital * AC, HR
Red Deer, AB

Regional One Health AC, HR
Memphis, TN

Saint Joseph Hospital Health Center HR
Syracuse, NY

Southlake Regional Health Centre AC
Newmarket, ON

Stamford Hospital * HR
Stamford, CT

Straub Medical Center * AC, HR
Honolulu, HI

Sutter Bay Hospitals d/b/a
California Pacific Medical Center * HR
San Francisco, CA

Sutter Bay Hospitals dba
Mills – Peninsula Medical Center AC, HR
Burlingame, CA

Taipei Medical University Hospital AC
Taipei, Taiwan

Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus AC
Philadelphia, PA

The Mount Sinai Hospital * AC
New York, NY

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center * AC, HR
Houston, TX

University of California Irvine Medical Center AC, HR
Orange, CA

University of Washington Medical Center AC, HR
Seattle, WA

UPMC Passavant – McCandless * AC
Pittsburgh, PA

UPMC Presbyterian * AC, HR
Pittsburgh, PA

UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside Hospital – Presbyterian Campus * HR
Pittsburgh, PA

Vanderbilt University Hospital * HR
Nashville, TN

Vassar Brothers Medical Center AC
Poughkeepsie, NY

Ventura County Medical Center * AC
Ventura, CA

West Kendall Baptist Hospital HR
Miami, FL

White Plains Hospital Center AC, HR
White Plains, NY

Wilcox Medical Center * AC
Lihue, HI

Yuma Regional Medical Center AC, HR
Yuma, AZ

AC All Cases Meritorious List

HR High Risk Meritorious List

* Hospital has received recognition for two or more consecutive years