Cooper University Health Care receives national recognition for Meritorious Outcomes from the American College of Surgeons

Cooper University Health Care Cooper University Health Care is a prominent South Jersey system.

Cooper University Health Care on Monday said it received national recognition for Meritorious Outcomes from the American College of Surgeons.

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program recognized the Camden-based facility as one of only 78 ACS NSQIP-participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2021.

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 that includes only “High Risk” cases.

“To obtain this level of excellence requires coordinated efforts from all aspects of the patient care team. Cooper has achieved this ACS recognition multiple years, which reflects our team’s continuous dedication and commitment to provide outstanding surgical care for our patients every time,” Dr. Francis Spitz, vice chief of the Department of Surgery and head of the Division of General Surgery at Cooper University Health Care, and deputy director of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, who spearheaded Cooper’s effort, said.

As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Cooper tracks the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collects data that assess patient safety and can be used to direct improvement in the quality of surgical care.

ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. 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.