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ACS and Georgia Health Care Leaders to Share How Quality Improvement Programs Directly Impact Patient Outcomes

December 12 Forum Will Highlight New Georgia Hospital Collaborative and Feature a Variety of Local and National Health Care Perspectives on Quality


On Wednesday, December 12, the American College of Surgeons (ACS), in association with the American Cancer Society, will host a panel of Georgia health care leaders to discuss the important role quality surgical care has in saving lives and curbing rising health costs in Georgia and across the nation. The ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Georgia will highlight how state hospitals, academic institutions, and government institutions are using quality improvement programs, including the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®), to improve patient outcomes and increase the value of health care services.

WHAT: Media representatives are invited to attend the program to hear from Georgia health care leaders and national officials on the critical elements needed to successfully implement and sustain quality improvement programs that improve patient outcomes and reduce costs. Studies documenting ACS NSQIP, for example, have shown that participating hospitals prevent an average of 250-500 complications each year, saving 12-36 lives and $3 million.1

The forum will feature a keynote presentation on the economic incentives for promoting quality health care by Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD, co-director of the Emory Center on Health Outcomes and Quality, and the following presenters will discuss proven models that measurably improve patient care:

  • Carl R. Boyd, MD, FACS, Memorial Health University Medical Center; Professor of Surgery, Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Otis Webb Brawley, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society
  • Ryan Fagan, MD, MPH, Medical Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Surveillance Branch, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
  • David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director, American College of Surgeons
  • Ana Pujols McKee, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, The Joint Commission
  • Bryant W. Wilson, MD, FACS, General Surgeon, Piedmont Healthcare

A panel of experts representing health plans, purchasers, health care providers, and the public will join the aforementioned presenters for a Q&A discussion moderated by Bruce Feinberg, DO, host of The Weekly Check-Up on WSB Radio and chief medical officer, oncology, Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions. Additional panelists include:

  • Jerry Dubberly, PharmD, MBA, Chief, Medicaid Division, Georgia Department of Community Health
  • Dane C. Peterson, CEO, Emory Hospital Midtown
  • Karen Waters, Vice President, Professional Services, Georgia Hospital Association

The ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Georgia will be co-hosted by LaMar McGinnis, MD, FACS, past president of American College of Surgeons and senior medical advisor and liaison to the American Cancer Society, and John Sweeney, MD, FACS, W. Dean Warren Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Chief, Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 12
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The American Cancer Society – Executive Conference Center
Room 6A (6th Floor)
250 Williams Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

(Note: The full forum video will also be posted on immediately following the event on Dec. 12.)

* Participants can be available for media interviews on December 12 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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