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Alliance Community Hospital Receives SCIP 6 Commitment to Quality Award

April 3, 2007

Alliance Community Hospital was one of 10 Ohio hospitals honored with the SCIP 6 Commitment to Quality Award for successful efforts in a six-state collaborative to improve surgical processes of care.

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The award was presented to Quality Coordinator Susan Feller, R.N., C.P.H.Q., L.N.C., and the members of the hospital's SCIP 6 team by David Hunt, M.D., F.A.C.S., Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Dale Bratzler, D.O., M.P.H., Principal Clinical Coordinator, Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, on behalf of Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs), including Ohio KePRO, leading and facilitating hospital participation.


The team was comprised of Feller, Deborah Percha, R.N., director of Surgical Services; Mary Mead, R.N., manager of Surgical Services, Marcia Smith, R.N., quality specialist; Kerry Swanson, R.N., chief operating officer and Pamela Power, R.N., director of Nursing.


More than 100 hospitals in six states – <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Wisconsin – participate in the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP).  SCIP6, a regional subset of the national SCIP quality partnership, focuses on peer-to-peer sharing of resources, best practices and lessons learned to improve processes of surgical care and reduce surgical failure rate.


“The quality goal of AllianceCommunityHospital is to provide the right care for the right patient every time,†said Feller.  “Our collaboration with Ohio KePRO and the SCIP 6 initiative has allowed us to advance this commitment to provide the highest standard of care for all of our patients.â€


A significant percentage of surgical procedures performed in the United States each year have associated postoperative complications such as infection, thromboembolic events, respiratory complications, and adverse cardiac events.  According to a 2003 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA 290: 1868-1874, 2003, Zhan C., Miller M.R.., et al), postoperative complications accounted for up to 22 percent of preventable deaths among patients, depending on the complication.


Hospitals working intensively with Ohio KePRO in recent years have achieved significant collaborative-related improvement through staff education, quality improvement interventions, rapid cycle testing, and introduction or improvement of protocols.


 â€œWe are pleased to honor AllianceCommunityHospital with the SCIP 6 Commitment to Quality Award,†said Dr. Ronald Savrin, Medical Director, Ohio KePRO.  “With hospitals and healthcare providers from different states in close communication, we continue to support processes to reduce the rate of surgical complications.â€


Quality of care measures for all hospitals including ACH are tracked and reported publicly on Hospital Compare, a comparison available on the CMS Web site at

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