WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital recognized by American College of Surgeons

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital as one of 89 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2019. 

As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Ruby Memorial Hospital is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that assesses patient safety and can be used to direct improvement in the quality of surgical care. 

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a meritorious composite score in either an “All Cases” category or a category which includes only “High Risk” cases. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2020 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2019 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes. WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital has been recognized on the “High Risk” Meritorious list.

“This recognition is proof of our ongoing dedication to the highest level of patient care,” David Borgstrom, M.D., WVU Medicine chief of general surgery, said. “It is a direct reflection of the skill and knowledge of our surgeons and surgical staff.”

ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. This program measures 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. When adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced and/or eliminated, a reduction in healthcare costs follows. 

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