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

ACS and Connecticut Health Care Leaders to Discuss Best Practices


CHICAGO (April 18, 2013): On Friday, April, 26, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) – in partnership with the ACS Connecticut Chapter, the Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative and the Connecticut State Medical Society – will host the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Connecticut, a community discussion about the state of health care in Connecticut and how surgeons and other clinicians, hospitals, health plans and government can work together to achieve better patient outcomes and increase the value of health care.  The forum will also highlight the efforts of the Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative and its goal to expand partnerships with additional hospitals and health care organizations throughout the state.

WHAT:    Media representatives are invited to attend the program to hear from Connecticut health care leaders on the critical elements needed to successfully implement and sustain quality while reducing health care costs.  Studies documenting the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program®  (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.*

WHO:     The event will be hosted by Scott J. Ellner, DO, MPH, FACS, director of surgical quality, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center; assistant professor of surgery, University of Connecticut Medical School; Co-Chair, ACS Connecticut Chapter Committee on Patient Safety. It will feature a keynote presentation by Kevin J. Counihan, CEO, Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange. 

In addition, the following participants will discuss proven models and efforts in Connecticut that measurably improve patient care:

  • Andrew Baskin, MD, national medical director for quality and provider performance measurement, Aetna
  • Colleen Desai, MSN, RN, CEN, trauma program manager, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center; president-elect, Connecticut Emergency Nurses Association
  • Alison L. Hong, MD, director, quality and patient safety, Connecticut Hospital Association
  • David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director, ACS
  • Kathleen A. LaVorgna, MD, FACS, private practice surgeon, Norwalk Hospital; President, ACS Connecticut Chapter
  • Kevin Lembo, comptroller, State of Connecticut
  • Donna L. O'Shea, MD, MBA, CPE, market medical director, Connecticut, UnitedHealthcare
  • Rocco Orlando III, MD, FACS, senior vice president & chief medical officer, Hartford HealthCare

WHEN:   Friday, April 26
   9:30 – 11:30 a.m. ET
   KEYNOTE: 10:00 – 10:10 a.m.
   PANEL REMARKS: 10:10 – 10:50 a.m.
   Q&A DISCUSSION: 10:50 – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:  State Capitol Building
   Old Judiciary Room
   210 Capitol Avenue

Note: Participants can be available for media interviews on April 26, as well as prior to and after the forum.  Please contact Trish Corprew at or 612-296-8067 to register or to schedule an interview.


*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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