December 18, 2018
Story & photo by Sherri Gallant
LETHBRIDGE — Patients having surgery at Chinook Regional Hospital can take comfort in knowing their hospital is one of 83 worldwide — and the only hospital in Alberta — to be commended by the American College of Surgeons for exemplary surgical outcomes.
The college’s National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) selected the local Alberta Health Services (AHS) facility from more than 800 participating hospitals around the world.
“Residents of southern Alberta can be proud of the world-class surgical care they receive in Lethbridge,” says Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. “This well-deserved honour reflects the outstanding work of the Chinook Regional Hospital staff and their commitment to excellence in healthcare. Thanks to their exceptional work, Albertans are receiving the right care, in the right place, at the right time.”
Dr. Jack Regehr, Zone Medical Director for AHS South Zone, adds: “We are tremendously grateful to our nurses, hospital staff, physicians and surgeons for the great job they do in going above and beyond to serve patients, and provide safe, timely care.”
About 10,000 surgeries, including day surgeries, are performed annually at Chinook Regional Hospital, which joined the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program in 2014. The program’s goal is to reduce infections, illnesses and deaths related to surgical procedures by providing surgical teams with the best, most current evidence related to the practice of surgery.
The NSQIP was developed by the American College of Surgeons in response to public scrutiny over surgical care at American veterans’ hospitals. It has since been adopted at sites throughout North America and around the world. Surgery, nursing and anesthesiology departments all contribute to the data collection.
Chinook Regional Hospital tracks surgical outcomes and uses this data to identify opportunities for improvement in the quality of their surgical care. Among the surgery-related improvements reported at Chinook Regional Hospital between 2016 and 2017:
“The surgical teams at Chinook Regional Hospital have demonstrated how to use clinical data as a decision-making guideline for improvement work that is world class,” says David Chakravorty, a Provincial Lead with the AHS Surgery Strategic Clinical Network.
The NSQIP has proven each year to:
Benefits for patients:
Benefits for surgeons:
Since it was developed and is supported by surgeons, the program promotes the confidence and engagement of medical teams. Surgeons who use ACS NSQIP receive:
Benefits for hospitals: