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UPMC Shadyside Recognized By American College of Surgeons

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SHY EXT POSNER TOWER featurePITTSBURGH – The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) recognized UPMC Shadyside as one of 89 hospitals nationwide that achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2019.  


The ACS NSQIP recognition program uses actual patient outcomes to commend a select group of hospitals for achieving a meritorious composite score in either an “All Cases” category or a category that includes only “High Risk” cases. UPMC Shadyside has been recognized in both groups.


To earn the meritorious distinction, UPMC Shadyside achieved an outstanding composite quality score across eight areas: mortality, cardiac, pneumonia, unplanned intubation, time patients spent on a ventilator, renal failure, surgical site infections and urinary tract infections. 


“Our goal is to provide excellent care to all our patients throughout their surgery and recovery,” said Jennifer Holder-Murray, M.D., associate professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and co-director of UPMC’s Enhanced Recovery Program. “Our team is dedicated to making sure each patient has the best possible experience and outcome.”


ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures the care of surgical patients. The goal of the program is to reduce infections, illnesses and deaths related to surgical procedures. Used in nearly 850 adult and pediatric hospitals, the ACS NSQIP is a resource for surgeons, providing best practices and scientific evidence about how to improve the practice of surgery. 


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 surgical patients. The College has more than 82,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.
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