Natividad Receives National Recognition for Meritorious Outcomes from the American College of Surgeons

  • November 13, 2023

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Natividad as one of 78 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2022. As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Natividad is 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.“Natividad is committed to quality care and patient safety is always our top priority,” said Natividad Trauma Medical Director and Chief of Surgery Dr. Alexander Di Stante. “Natividad is honored to join just a handful of hospitals in the state who earned this gold standard in safety and outcomes recognition.”

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a meritorious composite score in either an “All Cases” category or a category which includes higher-risk cases (“High Risk”). Risk-adjusted data from the July 2023 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2022 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes. Natividad has been recognized on the “All Cases” Meritorious list.

“What’s unique about the ACS NSQIP recognition program is that it looks very closely at real-world, actual patient outcomes,” Dr. Di Stante said.

Each composite score was determined through a different weighted formula combining eight outcomes. The outcome performances related to patient management were in the following eight clinical areas: mortality, unplanned intubation, ventilator > 48 hours, renal failure, cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction); respiratory (pneumonia); SSI (surgical site infections-superficial and deep incisional and organ-space SSIs); or urinary tract infection.

The 78 commended hospitals achieved the distinction based on their outstanding composite quality score across the eight areas listed above. 62 hospitals were initially recognized on the “All Cases” list and 62 hospitals were initially recognized on the “High Risk” list; the 62 hospitals represent approximately 10% of the 615 calendar-year 2022 ACS NSQIP hospitals. 46 hospitals are recognized on both the “All Cases” and “High Risk” lists, 16 other hospitals are on just the “All Cases” list, and 16 other hospitals are on the “High Risk” list only – yielding 78 hospitals in total.

Natividad’s provides compassionate, high-quality health care to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status. Owned and operated by the County of Monterey, Natividad is Monterey County’s only trauma center and teaching hospital. Natividad offers a wide range of inpatient, outpatient, emergency, diagnostic and specialty medical care for adults and children.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient.  The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients.  The College has more than 90,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.