BOSTON- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) as one of 28 participating hospitals in the United States, and the only hospital in Boston, to achieve "exemplary" outcomes for surgical patient care.
The award was made based on data from 2011 when BIDMC performed more than 27,000 operative procedures in its nearly 40 operating rooms.
"It is an honor to be recognized for the care we deliver every day," said Richard Whyte, MD, MBA, Vice Chair for Quality, Safety, and Clinical Affairs in BIDMC's
Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Department of Surgery. "This achievement is a team effort that involves surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, physician assistants, and operating room technicians, and all others who provide care for our surgery patients.
NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality-improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. As a voluntary participant, BIDMC is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that directs improvements in patient safety and the quality of surgical care.
The goal of NSQIP is to reduce the incidence of infection or illness related to a surgical procedure and death related to a surgical procedure, and to provide a firm foundation on which surgeons can apply the best scientific evidence to the practice of surgery.
The NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving exemplary outcome performances related to patient management in five areas: surgical site infections, cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and heart attack), respiratory (pneumonia), DVT (deep vein thrombosis, thrombophlebitis, and pulmonary embolism), and urinary tract infections.
Selected from among 316 hospitals nationwide, the 28 commended hospitals achieved the distinction of attaining exemplary results in general surgery in two or more of the five areas. BIDMC also achieved exemplary status in mortality, overall morbidity, and 'return to OR' rates during the same period.
The medical center received further distinction as one of only five hospitals in this group to have achieved exemplary status for two or more consecutive years, placing it within the top one to two percent of all participating hospitals nationwide.
A list of participating NSQIP hospitals can be found at
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and currently
ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit