Surrey Memorial Hospital, home to Fraser Health’s busiest surgical centre, has gained international recognition for their efforts to improve the quality of their surgical care and outcomes for patients.

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) recognized Surrey Memorial, one of only twelve hospitals across Canada, for achieving meritorious outcomes.

Eligible hospitals are 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. Each participating hospital has a dedicated Surgical Clinical Reviewer who collects data, and a Surgeon Champion who leads quality-improvement efforts. The hospitals then review data from semi-annual and online reports which help them identify how they may be underperforming. Quality committees use those findings to improve care.

Surrey Memorial Hospital was recognized in the “all cases” and “high risk” categories for outcomes in the areas of mortality, cardiac, respiratory (pneumonia), unplanned intubation, ventilator for more than 48 hours, renal failure, surgical site infection and urinary tract infection.

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, implemented in 2011, is the biggest patient safety program in the world. This award is quite an honour for our esteemed, multi-award winning surgical team.