On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted its 12th Surgical Health Care Quality Forum at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. The event was co-hosted and moderated by Joseph J. Tepas III, MD, FACS, FAAP, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville and John P. Rioux, MD, FACS, General Surgeon; Member, ACS Board of Governors, Secretary-Treasurer, ACS FL Chapter.

The forum featured presentations and a panel discussion on the state of health care in Florida, and highlighted surgical quality improvement initiatives that are effectively improving outcomes and reducing costs in hospitals across the state. The College also announced it will continue to support the Florida Surgical Care Initiative (FSCI) for an additional three years in partnership with the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) and Florida Blue.

Implemented as a pilot program in 2011, FSCI is the largest statewide hospital collaborative utilizing the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) to focus on improving outcomes in key areas of surgical care.

(From left to right: Jonathan B. Gavras, MD, FCCP; Martha DeCastro, MS, RN; Vincent A. DeGennaro, MD, FACS; Michael S. Nussbaum, MD, FACS; Joseph J. Tepas III, MD, FACS, FAAP; John P. Rioux, MD, FACS; Brian Kiss, MD; David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS; John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS)

Forum participants included:

  • John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS, Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, Florida Department of Health
  • Martha DeCastro, MS, RN, Vice President for Nursing, Florida Hospital Association
  • Vincent A. DeGennaro, MD, FACS, President, Florida Medical Association; Chief of Staff, Assistant Chief, Surgical Services, Miami VA Healthcare System; Affiliated Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Miami School of Medicine
  • Jonathan B. Gavras, MD, FCCP, Senior Vice President, Delivery System, Chief Medical Officer, Florida Blue
  • David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director, American College of Surgeons
  • Brian Kiss, MD, Senior Director for Medical Programs, Florida Blue
  • Michael S. Nussbaum, MD, FACS, Methodist Medical Center Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine–Jacksonville

For more information, read the ACS news release or email InspiringQualityTour@facs.org.

“Florida faces the same question as the rest of the country: how can we provide quality, affordable health care for all people in our state? We are applying systems thinking in disease control, trauma, and cancer care, applying established standards to an infrastructure that generates measurable, reliable outcomes and promotes efficiency. The Florida Surgical Care Initiative has taken this approach to the next level by demonstrating higher quality care and lowering cost simultaneously. We need this performance improvement mindset to expand across our state.”

John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS, Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, Florida Department of Health