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


Tennessee Forum

(From L to R: David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS; Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS; Chris Clarke, RN, BSN; Joseph B. Cofer, MD, FACS; Vicky Gregg; Tennessee State Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson); Will Gibson, MD, FACS; David Archer, MBA, MPH; Oscar Guillamondegui, MD, MPH, FACS)

On August 3, 2012, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted a panel of experts at The Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga, TN, to lead a discussion around Inspiring Quality in Surgical Health Care—Quality Improvement Programs That Improve Outcomes and Reduce Costs. The ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum was part of “Quality Improvement Day” at the 2012 TN ACS Annual Chapter Meeting, and highlighted the Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative (TSQC): the first collaborative of the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® (ACS NSQIP®) to form a true three-way quality improvement relationship with hospitals, payers, and surgeons—a model for other states.

The forum featured keynote speaker Tennessee State Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson), and was 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 Tennessee Chapter.


  • David Archer, MBA, MPH, chief executive officer, Saint Francis Healthcare; president and chief executive officer, Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis
  • Chris Clarke, RN, BSN, senior vice-president, Tennessee Hospital Association
  • Will Gibson, MD, FACS, surgeon, Premier Surgical Associates
  • Vicky Gregg, chief executive officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • Oscar Guillamondegui, MD, MPH, FACS, associate professor of surgery, Vanderbilt University; president-elect, ACS Tennessee Chapter
  • Clifford Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care

For more information, read the ACS news release about the Tennessee forum, Dr. Cofer’s editorial in the Knoxville News Sentinel or e-mail

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