The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Bassett Medical Center for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2017. As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Bassett Medical Center is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that assesses patient safety and can be used to direct improvement in the quality of surgical care.

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. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2018 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2017 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes.

Bassett Medical Center has been recognized on both the “All Cases” and “High Risk” Meritorious lists, and was one of only two hospitals in the region and five statewide to achieve this.

"We have surgical outcomes on par with the top 10 percent of hospitals in the country that participate in NSQIP and there were over 700 for calendar year 2017,” notes Chief of Surgery Nicholas Hellenthal, MD. “It is a fantastic team effort to achieve something like this. This is not something where you say a surgeon did a great job; it really takes all of us working on behalf of the patient, from the primary care provider to the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care teams. This is an award for all of Bassett."

Bassett has been participating in NSQIP for a decade.