On Friday, March 28, 2014, health care leaders from across the state took part in a community discussion around improving the quality of surgical care statewide to decrease complications and reduce healthcare costs during the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Ohio, held at The Ohio State University campus. The event was co-hosted by E. Christopher Ellison, MD, FACS, and Susan Dianne Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD, FACS.

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From left to right: Robert Higgins, MD, FACS; Jeffrey Innes, MD, FACS; Steven Steinberg, MD, FACS; David Hoyt, MD, FACS; Susan Dianne Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD, FACS; E. Christopher Ellison, MD, FACS; Jeffrey Ponsky, MD, FACS; Steven Gabbe, MD; Thomas Hartranft, MD, FACS; Greg Moody

The purpose of the community forum was to discuss the critical elements required for quality improvement – including factors that lead to successful implementation and institution-wide integration – and hear best-practices from experts about quality improvement programs that measurably improve outcomes and reduce costs.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Greg Moody, Director, Office of Health Transformation, State of Ohio

Panelists included: 

  • Thomas Hartranft, MD, FACS, Program Director, Department of Surgery Residency, Mount Carmel Health System
  • David Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director, American College of Surgeons
  • Jeffrey Innes, MD, FACS, Director of Surgical Education, Medical Director of Surgery, Grant Medical Center
  • Susan Dianne Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD, FACS, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer; Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Quality and Patient Safety; Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Jeffrey Ponsky, MD, FACS, Surgeon-in-Chief, University Hospitals Case Medical Center; Oliver H. Payne Chairman and Professor, Department of Surgery, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • Steven Steinberg, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery; Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs, Department of Surgery; Chief, Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Burn, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

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

“With more institutions implementing payment strategies that reward quality care, it provides even more motivation to increase quality outcomes for patients. The health care industry is moving toward patients paying for better care, not just more care, and hospitals that implement quality programs will be better equipped for this shift.”

Greg Moody, Director, Office of Health Transformation, State of Ohio