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ACS and Florida Health Care Leaders to Lead Discussion

Surgeon General and Other Quality Experts to Highlight Proven Methods and Systems that Improve Patient Outcomes and Temper Costs


CHICAGO (January 10, 2013): On Wednesday, January 23, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) will bring together a panel of Florida health care and government leaders at the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Florida to discuss how state community and academic hospitals, health plans, 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 Florida health care leaders and national officials on the critical elements needed to successfully implement and sustain quality while reducing health care 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 event will be co-hosted by Joseph J. Tepas III, MD, FACS, FAAP, professor of surgery and pediatrics, University of Florida College of Medicine, and John P. Rioux, MD, FACS, a general surgeon who is a member of the College’s Board of Governors and Secretary-Treasurer of its Florida Chapter, who will also moderate a panel of experts, including:

  • John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS, Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, Florida Department of Health
  • Vincent A. DeGennaro, MD, FACS, president of the Florida Medical Association, chief of staff and assistant chief of surgical services at the Miami VA Healthcare System, and affiliated associate professor of surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine
  • Jonathan B. Gavras, MD, FCCP, senior vice president, Delivery System and chief medical officer, Florida Blue
  • David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons
  • Michael S. Nussbaum, MD, FACS, Methodist Medical Center professor and chair department of surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine–Jacksonville
  • Bruce Rueben, president, Florida Hospital Association
WHEN: Wednesday, January 23
10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
WHERE: Rollins College – Crummer Hall
SunTrust Auditorium
1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

*Participants can be available for media interviews on January 23 and prior to the forum as well as after 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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