YUMA – Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) recently announced the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) meritorious distinction. The distinction recognizes the regional medical center as one of the top hospitals for surgical patient care in 2021.
The Greater Yuma Economic Development organization reported that when ACS compared YRMC’s surgical outcomes with those of 685 other hospitals worldwide, the Arizonan city’s medical unit stood out among the best in both the “All Cases” and “High Risk” categories.
YRMC was one of only 40 hospitals (6%) recognized as meritorious in both the “All Cases” and “High Risk” categories. 78 hospitals (11%) were recognized as meritorious in either category.
“Earning this distinction has taken years of training, education and hospital-wide coordination and effort,” said Deb Aders, Chief Nursing Officer at YRMC.
“I want to specifically recognize our surgeons and medical staff, perioperative nurses, scrub nurses and surgical techs, as well as our Environmental Services team, which received special certification for meeting best practices in sterility in an operating room,” the director added.
The ACS NSQIP independently measured the actual surgical outcomes of YRMC patients at 30 days postoperatively and rated the hospital in areas including, but not limited to, mortality, pneumonia and unplanned intubation rates.
The full list of meritorious hospitals recognizes some of the most progressive hospitals in the country, including Henry Ford Health, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, MD Anderson Hospital and others. ACS released the results at the end of November 2022.
The ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and drives surgical patient care. Nearly 850 pediatric and adult hospitals worldwide use this certification.