Children's Minnesota attains Level I Children's Surgery Center verification by the American College of Surgeons
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, /PRNewswire/ -- Children's Minnesota today announced that it has been verified as a Level I Children's Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons Children's Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program (ACS CSV).
"This is the highest level of distinction for health systems that perform complex surgical procedures in newborns, children and teens," said Dr. Marc Gorelick, president and chief executive officer at Children's Minnesota. "Achieving this verification means we've met national quality and safety standards for surgery and 30-days of post surgery care."
Children's is the first and only hospital system in Minnesota and the thirteenth center in the nation to earn Level I verification, which applies to its hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Paul and outpatient surgery center in Minnetonka. With more than 20,000 surgeries a year across three surgery centers, Children's Minnesota performs the most pediatric surgeries in the region on unborn babies and infants to teens and young adults.
"By joining this elite group of Level I Children's Surgery Centers, we are contributing to the innovation of pediatric surgery and post-surgery care for children," said Dr. Patricia Valusek, director of surgical quality at Children's Minnesota. "It proves we have the surgical experts and systems in place to handle any scenario and provide the highest level of care for children in our region."
To become a verified center, Children's Minnesota met rigorous criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and protocols, ensuring its ability to appropriately care for surgical patients. Children's verification application was led by Dr. Valusek and Andrea Balzer, DNP, RNc, LSSBB, surgery verification program manager. As part of the process there was an extensive site visit by an ACS team of surveyors who included experienced pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and a quality expert. This new verification is valid for three years.
The CSV program is based on other nationally recognized ACS quality improvement programs that have measurably improved surgical quality and have prevented complications, reduced costs and saved lives.
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