• By Sharon Theimer

National quality group recognizes Mayo Clinic Hospitals for outstanding surgical outcomes

October 24, 2017

two female physicians performing surgery

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program has recognized the Mayo Clinic Hospitals in Rochester and Arizona for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care.  As a program participant, Mayo tracks the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures in order to inform and direct quality improvement efforts.

The recognition is related to a broad range of surgical outcomes, including:

  1. Mortality
  2. Unplanned intubation
  3. Ventilator greater than 48 hours
  4. Renal failure
  5. Cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction, also known as a heart attack)
  6. Respiratory (pneumonia)
  7. Surgical site infections, including superficial and deep incisional and organ infections
  8. Urinary tract infections

Mayo Clinic Hospital – The Saint Marys and Methodist campuses in Rochester and Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona achieved the distinction based on outstanding composite quality scores in these eight areas. Risk-adjusted data from the program's July 2017 Semiannual Report, which represents data from the 2016 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes. The Mayo hospitals were among 66 hospitals recognized.

“This report is based on a detailed analysis of over 1,700 operations in Arizona and over 7,100 cases in Rochester ” says David Etzioni, M.D., a colorectal surgeon at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix and chair of the campus surgical quality subcommittee. “This commendation is a testament to the skill and commitment of everyone involved in treating and caring for our surgical patients.”

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. The program measures surgical results 30 days postoperatively and risk adjusts patient characteristics to compensate for differences among patient populations and acuity levels. The program is used in nearly 800 adult and pediatric hospitals.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. With more than 80,000 members, it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.


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Sharon Theimer, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,