HackensackUMC is the Only Hospital in NJ to Receive National Recognition for Meritorious Outcomes from the American College of Surgeons – Four Years in a Row

Hackensack University Medical Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) as one of 60 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. It is the only hospital in New Jersey to receive this recognition four consecutive years.

As a participant in ACS NSQIP, HackensackUMC is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that directs patient safety and the quality of surgical care improvements.

“We are proud of our entire Department of Surgery, led by Chairman Dr. Martin Karpeh Jr., for achieving this prestigious designation for the fourth time,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of HackensackUMC. “This reflects the high-quality care our surgical patients receive and the clinically-excellent procedures that are in place at our medical center to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.”

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a composite meritorious outcome related to patient management in 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.  HackensackUMC achieved the distinction based on its outstanding composite quality score across the eight areas listed above.  Risk-adjusted data from the July 2016 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2015 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes.

“I congratulate our team at HackensackUMC for once again achieving meritorious outcomes from the American College of Surgeons – a well-respected prestigious association,” said Dr. Karpeh. “Our department stands upon three important pillars: outstanding patient care, advanced surgical education, and dedicated and innovative research to provide high-quality and compassionate care. We are proud that our surgical outcomes reflect these pillars.”

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.  Furthermore, when adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced and/or eliminated, a reduction in health care costs follows.  ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in more than 770 adult and pediatric hospitals.

The Department of Surgery at HackensackUMC has a long and distinguished tradition of excellence. Every year, thousands of surgical procedures are performed. Expert surgeons provide patient-focused, multidisciplinary care in many different disciplines, including robot-assisted heart and esophagus surgery, minimally-invasive and laparoscopic procedures, advanced surgical treatment of pancreatic, liver, and upper gastrointestinal cancers, breast cancer, colorectal disease, vascular surgery, trauma, and metabolic and bariatric surgery. Working as part of a collaborative care team with referring physicians and always striving to maintain the highest surgical standards, the Department of Surgery is a resource for the community, the state of New Jersey, and the New York metropolitan area.

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About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a 775-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Hospital rankings – maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 25 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit