Jefferson's Department of Surgery has been accepted to participate in the American College of Surgeons' National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP). The lead surgeon for this initiative is Herbert E. Cohn, MD. Developed by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, NSQIP is one of the first outcomes-based, risk-adjusted, peer-controlled programs designed to measure and enhance the quality of surgical care. The program collects data on 133 variables, including preoperative risk factors, intraoperative variables and 30-day mortality and morbidity outcomes data – the latter entered by Kathleen Hartman, RN, BSN, the department's new Surgical Clinical Nurse Reviewer. It will enable Jefferson to compare outcomes and risk profiles with those of other medical centers and with national averages. Surgical Oncologist Eugene P. Kennedy, MD, has joined the Department of Surgery and been named Assistant Professor of Surgery, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Kennedy previously served at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, and Johns Hopkins. He specializes in gastrointestinal disorders. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has received a three-year approval with commendation for its cancer program from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, its highest possible recognition. The Commission on Cancer approval is based on factors such as the ability to provide comprehensive state-of-the-art services and equipment, a multidisciplinary, team approach for the coordination of cancer care, and a cancer data management system, or cancer registry. Visit www.JeffersonHospital.org/surgery/news for a list of recent publications by members of Jefferson's Department of Surgery.
"News in Brief,"
Jefferson Surgical Solutions:
1, Article 7.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jss/vol1/iss1/7