Farmington Hills, Mich., June 26, 2007 - Botsford Hospital, in Farmington Hills, Mich., has joined the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP). The hospital has named Surgical Outcomes Case Manager Janice Schimmel, R.N., B.S.N., of Livonia, as its full-time onsite surgical clinical nurse reviewer for the program. Schimmel was promoted from her previous position at Botsford as an infection control nurse.
ACS NSQIP is the first nationally validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based program to measure and improve the quality of surgical care. The Institute of Medicine calls this program the “best in the nation” for measuring and reporting surgical quality and outcomes.
Botsford Hospital joined ACS NSQIP, because it is committed to participating in programs that improve care generally for all surgical patients.
The program uses a prospective, peer controlled, validated database to quantify 30-day risk-adjusted surgical outcomes, which allows valid comparison of outcomes among all hospitals in the program. Botsford Hospital and its surgical staff will be provided with the tools, reports, analysis and support necessary to make informed decisions about improving quality of care.
Janice Schimmel’s chief responsibility is collecting and submitting reliable data to the ACS NSQIP. She contacts discharged patients, or their families, to identify possible occurrences associated with surgical procedures performed at the hospital. After compiling this data, Schimmel enters it into the ACS NSQIP database. She also works closely with the members of Botsford’s Department of General Surgery and Surgical Services Department to identify opportunities for clinical quality improvement.
“Though we expect it to take approximately six months to capture enough data to begin to be able to make meaningful comparisons to other hospitals,” says Eugene Laveroni, D.O., a vascular surgeon and physician champion of Botsford’s ACS NSQIP project, “we’ll then be able to derive an accurate picture of our surgical performance compared to national averages. Ultimately, surgical patients will benefit, because we’re using this opportunity to make process improvements. My fellow surgeons at Botsford and I are very excited about joining this program.”
ACS NSQIP is the most recent collaborative quality improvement program that Botsford Hospital has joined. The hospital is also an active participant in the Keystone: ICU and Keystone: Hospital-Associated Infection projects sponsored by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality.
Botsford Hospital, an independent, acute care, 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2005 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders award and the 2005 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital Setting (for treatment of heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia) and in the Emergency Department Setting (for treatment of heart attack and pneumonia). Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.
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