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


Illinois Forum

(U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk addresses panelists and participants at the Chicago Surgical Quality Forum)

On July 18, 2011, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted an Inspiring Quality Forum in Chicago with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and several Illinois and Chicago-area health care leaders. Dr. L. D. Britt, President of ACS, and Dr. David Hoyt, Executive Director, co-hosted the event and led a discussion on how successful quality programs—such as the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® (ACS NSQIP®)—are helping hospitals achieve better quality of care and reduce health care costs by millions of dollars. Approximately 50 health care leaders and Fellows attended the forum, representing several Illinois and Chicago-area hospitals and health organizations. Additionally, more than 500 people across the country viewed the event information and forum live stream on the ACS website.

Following the forum, ACS publicly announced its goal of enrolling 1,000 hospitals in ACS NSQIP as part of the Inspiring Quality initiative. ACS believes that if 1,000 hospitals join, ACS NSQIP can dramatically accelerate movement toward meeting National Quality Strategy goals led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, approximately 400 hospitals participate in the program, which is based on collecting clinical, risk-adjusted, 30-day outcomes data in a nationally benchmarked database.

Event Hosts

  • L. D. Britt, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng (Hon), FRCSEd (Hon), FWACS (Hon), Past President, American College of Surgeons
  • David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director, American College of Surgeons


  • Enrico Benedetti, MD, FACS, chair of surgery, University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago
  • Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president, The Joint Commission
  • Clifford Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care
  • Jeff Matthews, MD, FACS, chief of surgery, University of Chicago Medical Center
  • Alejandra Perez-Tamayo, MD, FACS, chief of surgery, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
  • Marleta Reynolds, MD, FACS, surgeon-in-chief, Children’s Memorial Hospital
  • Nathaniel Soper, MD, FACS, surgeon-in-chief, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

For more information, read the ACS news release about the Chicago forum.

Event Program