Mercy General Hospital Receives Prestigious Recognition From the American College of Surgeons

Sacramento - Mercy General Hospital (MGH) has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) for achieving "meritorious outcomes" for surgical patient care. MGH was one of 37 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals nationwide and the only Sacramento-area hospital on the list. Other distinguished honorees include Stanford Hospital and Clinics, University of North Carolina Hospitals and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center in Houston, among others.
"We are so proud to have earned this esteemed acknowledgement," said Edmundo C. Castañeda, President of Mercy General Hospital. "It is a true testament to our physicians and staff who work tirelessly day after day to make sure our patients are well cared for and that their surgical procedures are a success. Our goal is to provide top-notch, quality health care and it is an honor to be recognized for doing so by the ACS."
As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Mercy General Hospital is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that directs patient safety and the quality of surgical care improvements.
The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving meritorious outcome performances related to patient management in nine clinical areas: mortality, unplanned intubation, ventilator > 48 hours, renal failure, DVT (deep vein thrombosis, thrombophlebitis and pulmonary embolism); cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and heart attack); respiratory (pneumonia); SSI (surgical site infections-superficial and deep incisional and organ-space SSIs); or urinary tract infection.  The 37 hospitals commended achieved the distinction based on their outstanding composite quality score in the nine areas listed above.  Risk-adjusted data from the July 2013 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2012 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes.
ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. This program measures the actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively as well as risk adjusts patient characteristics to compensate for differences among patient populations and acuity levels. The goal of ACS NSQIP is to reduce surgical morbidity (infection or illness related to a surgical procedure) and surgical mortality (death related to a surgical procedure) and to provide a firm foundation for surgeons to apply what is known as the "best scientific evidence" to the practice of surgery. Furthermore, when adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced and/or eliminated, a reduction in health care costs follows.  ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in over 500 hospitals.
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About Mercy General Hospital
Mercy General Hospital has been serving the Sacramento community for more than 100 years. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy General has been at its current site in the heart of East Sacramento since 1925. Mercy General Hospital has 342 licensed beds, a physician staff of more than 800 and is the highest volume cardiac procedure hospital in California. Mercy General is one of six Sacramento area hospitals that are part of Dignity Health, a system of 38 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona and Nevada and the nation's fifth largest health care system. In FY 2012, Mercy General Hospital provided $46,099,208 in unsponsored care and programs for the benefit of our community.

About the ACS
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 to improve the care of the surgical patient.  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 74,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.