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Meritorious distinction awarded to 78 surgical centers and hospitals worldwide.

Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) is thrilled to announce that hard work and dedication of our surgical teams and Environmental Services team recently resulted in meritorious distinction from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP). The distinction recognizes YRMC as a top hospital for surgical patient care in 2021.

When ACS compared YRMC’s surgical outcomes to those of 685 other hospitals worldwide, YRMC stood out among the best in both the “All Cases” and “High-Risk” categories. YRMC was among only 40 hospitals (6 percent) recognized as meritorious in both the “All Cases” and “High-Risk” categories. 78 hospitals (11 percent) were recognized as meritorious in either category.

“Earning this distinction required years of training, education and hospital-wide coordination and effort,” says Deb Aders, Chief Nursing Officer at YRMC. “I specifically want to recognize our surgeons and medical staff, peri-operative nurses, OR nurses and surgical techs as well as our Environmental Services team, who received a special certification to meet best practices in sterility of an OR suite. The ACS NSQIP meritorious distinction solidifies the hard work of these teams and their commitment to provide quality care from beginning to end of every procedure.”

ACS NSQIP independently measured actual surgical results of YRMC patients 30 days postoperatively and graded the hospital in areas that include, but are not limited to mortality rates, pneumonia and unplanned intubation.

A complete list of meritorious hospitals recognizes some of the nation’s most progressive hospitals, including Henry Ford Health, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, MD Anderson Hospital and more. ACS released the results in late November 2022.

ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. Nearly 850 adult and pediatric hospitals internationally use ACS NSQIP.