FORT GORDON, Ga. -- For the third time, Eisenhower Army Medical Center has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons' National Surgical Quality Improvement Program for its safety initiatives and quality of care.

The ACS NSQIP program recognized 88 of nearly 722 participating hospitals for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in calendar year 2018.

"To be recognized among the top 14 percent of hospitals across the nation for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care speaks to the caliber of health care professionals we have in Eisenhower Army Medical Center," said Col. Carlene A.S Blanding, commanding officer, EAMC. Our commitment to excellence in providing safe and quality health care is demonstrated throughout our organization. Every member of the EAMC team, whether directly involved with patient care or not, played a significant role and contributed to our earning this recognition.

"Our active duty service members, their family members and all of our beneficiaries depend on us to provide the very best and that is what we deliver," she said. "To have an independent, outside organization such as the American College of Surgeons validate our practices is a testament to the professionalism and dedication of the people of Eisenhower Army Medical Center who serve America's soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen."

Other hospitals selected for recognition include Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas; Boston Medical Center; Duke University Hospital; Emory University Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.; Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minn.; New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University, New York; Mount Sinai Hospital, New York; and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. Seven military medical treatment facilities were also recognized this year. EAMC is the only MTF to receive the recognition three times since 2014.

Participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and then analyze their results. These results will direct patient safety initiatives within the hospital and impact the quality of surgical care.

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving meritorious composite score. That composite score was determined through a weighted formula combining eight outcomes. The outcome performances related to patient management were in the following clinical areas: Mortality, Cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction); pneumonia, unplanned intubation, ventilator>48 hours, renal failure, SSI (surgical site infections-superficial and deep incisional and organ-space SSIs); or urinary tract infection.

The 88 commended hospitals achieved the distinction based on their outstanding composite quality score across the eight areas listed above. 72 hospitals were recognized on the "All Cases" list and 72 hospitals were recognized on the "High Risk" list; the 72 hospitals represent 10 percent of the 722 calendar-year 2018 ACS NSQIP hospitals. Eisenhower Army Medical Center was among 56 hospitals to be recognized on both the "All Cases" and "High Risk" lists, 16 other hospitals were on just the "All Cases" list, and 16 other hospitals were on the "High Risk" list only -- yielding 88 hospitals in total.

ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. This program measures the actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively as well as risk adjusts patient characteristics to compensate for differences among patient populations and acuity levels. The goal of ACS NSQIP is to reduce surgical morbidity (infection or illness related to a surgical procedure) and surgical mortality (death related to a surgical procedure) and to provide a firm foundation for surgeons to apply what is known as the "best scientific evidence" to the practice of surgery.