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Montefiore’s Department of Surgery Receives Meritorious Recognition from the American College of Surgeons

Exemplary Surgical Patient Care and Outcomes Recognized for Third Consecutive Year

New York (March 11, 2014) –Montefiore Medical Center’s Department of Surgery has received meritorious recognition for its outstanding surgical results from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for the third year in a row. ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) is a nationally validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based program to measure and improve the quality of surgical care in private sector hospitals. ACS NSQIP evaluated more than 330 hospitals and Montefiore was one of 37 to receive this distinction.  

“The outstanding outcomes achieved by our surgeons are a testament to their singular devotion to care for every patient as a special individual,” says Robert E. Michler, M.D., surgeon-in-chief, Montefiore, professor and chairman, Department of Surgery, Department of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “I am extremely proud of our highly skilled surgeons and the results we produce for our patients, and I’m encouraged by what I see on the horizon for our growing department.”

As an ACS NSQIP participant, Montefiore is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that directs patient safety activities and the quality of surgical care improvements. ACS NSQIP bases its selection on outcomes related to patient management in nine clinical areas including, mortality; ventilator use more than 48 hours; renal failure; deep vein thrombosis, thrombophlebitis, and pulmonary embolism; and cardiac incidents. Hospitals that participate in ACS NSQIP have been shown to advance their quality of care by reducing mortality and morbidity rates and reducing costs associated with preventable complications and adverse events. 

“At Montefiore, we are focused on ensuring patients receive the best and safest care possible,” said Andrew D. Racine, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer, Montefiore. “Receiving meritorious status from NSQIP based on quality scores in all nine areas is a reflection of the excellence performed every day by our team of experts in the Department of Surgery.”