CVHP joins National Surgical Quality Improvement Program

Covina, Calif. – Citrus Valley Health Partners is proud to announce that it is the region's first community hospital system to join the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), a nationwide initiative aimed at improving the quality of surgical care.

Sponsored by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), NSQIP is the first nationally validated, outcomes-based program measuring surgical data with a goal of reducing post-operation mortality and morbidity and reducing the length of patient stays in hospitals after surgery.

Citrus Valley Health Partners (CVHP), which operates four hospitals and a hospice, is the first comprehensive hospital system in the San Gabriel Valley to join NSQIP. As part of the program, nurse reviewers collect data from general or vascular surgical cases that meet certain criteria, and sends the information to a national NSQIP database, where it is monitored and analyzed.

"We are very excited to be joining this prestigious program," said CVHP President & CEO Rob Curry. "Participation assists us with the development of best practice guidelines in areas such as prevention of pulmonary complications, sepsis and other post-surgery infections. Most importantly, it provides our team with valuable guidance in ways to improve outcomes."

Physicians across the organization are supportive of CVHP taking this step because it will help them in their efforts to improve patient care and patient safety. "Studies have shown that NSQIP hospitals prevented 250 to 500 complications per hospital, per year and 66 percent of those hospitals saw improvement in their mortality levels," said Dr. Khan Hameed, a physician champion of NSQIP and CVHP surgeon who is helping to spearhead the launch. "NSQIP is good for the hospital and it is good for our patients."

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