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Houston VA Receives Prestigious Surgery Commendation

May 8, 2003

Houston VA Receives Prestigious Surgery Commendation

Released: 2003/05/08

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For the third consecutive year, the Houston VA Medical Center has been commended by the National Veterans Affairs Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) Executive Committee for having consistently low mortality rates in general surgery, all non-cardiac surgery, and all operations. The HVAMC boasts a surgical staff that performs over 5,000 surgical procedures each year and represents nine surgical subspecialties. Above, David H. Berger, M.D., HVAMC operative care line executive (left) prepares for surgery along with Grace Campos, RN, operating room nurse (right) and an anesthesia resident.

Photo by Shawn D. James, HVAMC Media Section

HOUSTON, TX - For the third consecutive year, the Houston VA Medical Center (HVAMC) has been commended by the National Veterans Affairs Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) Executive Committee for having consistently low mortality rates in general surgery, all non-cardiac surgery, and all operations.

"The entire surgical team, including surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses, should be proud of their hard work in providing outstanding care to our veterans," said David H. Berger, M.D., HVAMC operative care line executive.

The Committee, which met in January 2003, reviewed the accrual, workload, and outcome information on major surgery procedures at the HVAMC in fiscal year 2002.

Each year, the NSQIP Executive Committee carefully reviews the risk-adjusted observed/expected (O/E) mortality ratios in each VA hospital for all surgical operations combined and each surgical subspecialty for the last four fiscal years. An O/E ratio statistically significantly above one indicates that mortality is higher than what would be expected on the basis of the patient characteristics. An O/E ratio statistically significantly below one indicates that mortality is lower than what would be expected on the basis of the patient characteristics.

"I am very proud the Houston VA Medical Center received such important recognition," said Thomas B. Horvath, M.D., F.R.A.C.P., HVAMC chief of staff. "Our surgical service staff and its practices are top-notch. I am pleased that we serve as such a positive example for other hospitals."

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04/21/04 08:25