American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

ACS and Tennessee Health Care Leaders Host Quality Forum


On Friday, August 3, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host a panel of health care experts in Chattanooga, TN who will participate in a state-wide discussion on surgical quality improvement programs that improve patient outcomes and reduce health care costs. The ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Tennessee will be part of “Quality Improvement Day” during the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Chapter of the ACS, and will highlight the Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative (TSQC). The TSQC is the first collaborative of the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) to form a true three-way quality improvement relationship with hospitals, health plans and surgeons — a model for other states. Recognized nationally for its proven ability to significantly reduce complications and save millions of dollars, the collaborative is attracting attention because of its effectiveness in improving outcomes for a surgical patient population that has higher preoperative risk factors than the national average.  

WHAT: Media representatives are invited to attend the program* and hear from state health care leaders about programs underway to reduce patient complications, infections and readmissions, thus translating into measurably lower costs and greater health care value. Participants will discuss the critical elements required for successful quality programs and hear how ACS NSQIP® not only saves patient lives and decreases costs, but also how the program can be used in a state-wide collaborative as a force multiplier, thus saving an average cost of $3 million per year, per hospital1.

WHO: The ACS Inspiring Quality forum will feature keynote speaker Tennessee State Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson), and will be hosted by Joseph B. Cofer, MD, FACS, Professor and Residency Program Director, Department of Surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine-Chattanooga, Vice President, ACS TN Chapter. Additional participants include:

  • David Archer, CEO, Saint Francis Hospital
  • Chris Clarke, Sr. Vice-President, Tennessee Hospital Association
  • Will Gibson, MD, FACS, Surgeon, Premier Surgical Associates
  • Vicky Gregg, President and CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • Oscar Guillamondegui, MD, MPH, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; President-Elect, TN Chapter of ACS
  • Clifford Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care

WHEN: Friday, August 3, 2012
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. ET

WHERE: The Chattanoogan Hotel
1201 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN


* Participants can be available for media interviews on August 3 and in advance of the forum. Please contact Jill Braun at or 612-998-4629 to register or to schedule an interview.

  1. Hall BL, et al. “Does Surgical Quality Improve in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.” Ann Surg. 2009; 250:363-376.


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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 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit


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