Hiran Ratnayake
Senior Communications Manager
Department of External Affairs

American College of Surgeons Recognizes ChristianaCare for ‘Meritorious’ Surgical Outcomes for 8th Consecutive Year

Prestigious Surgical Society also Recognizes ChristianaCare for ‘Meritorious’ Care in ‘All Case’ and ‘High Risk’ categories

ChristianaCare has been honored as one of only 88 institutions out of 722 by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress for achieving “meritorious” outcomes in surgical patient care.

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This is the eighth consecutive year that ChristianaCare has been recognized through the organization’s National Surgical Quality Improvement Program – also known as ACS NSQIP –which is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients.

In addition, ChristianaCare is one of only 56 health systems recognized for “meritorious” patient care in the program’s “All Case” and “High Risk” categories.

“This recognition belongs to all the members of our surgical team, who hold themselves to the highest professional standards and commit to being exceptional today and even better tomorrow,” said Gerard Fulda, M.D., the leader of ChristianaCare’s Surgical Service Line. “Our surgical colleagues follow evidence-based practices and are highly motivated to help our patients prepare and recover from surgery and return to active, healthy lives.”

ChristianaCare’s Surgical Service Line provides coordinated delivery of perioperative care within the general, bariatric, colorectal, kidney transplant, ophthalmologic, plastic, trauma critical care, oral and maxillofacial and otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) surgery specialties. It includes Christiana Hospital and Wilmington Hospital, as well as the Roxana Cannon Arsht Surgicenter in Wilmington and the Christiana Surgicenter in Newark, managing a combined total of nearly 38,000 surgical procedures each year.

The ACS NSQIP measures actual surgical results 30 days after the operation and makes risk adjustments to compensate for differences among patient populations and acuity levels. Participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and then analyze their results, which direct patient safety initiatives within the hospital and impact the quality of surgical care.

ChristianaCare was honored with ACS NSQIP recognition for its performance in eight clinical areas:

  • Mortality.
  • Cardiac arrest and heart attack.
  • Pneumonia.
  • Unplanned intubation.
  • Ventilator use for longer than 48 hours.
  • Renal failure.
  • Surgical site infections.
  • Urinary tract infection.

About ChristianaCare
Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, ChristianaCare is one of the country’s most dynamic health care organizations, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of primary care and outpatient services, home health care, urgent care centers, three hospitals (1,299 beds), a free-standing emergency department, a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health. It also includes the pioneering Gene Editing Institute and was rated by IDG Computerworld as one of the nation’s Best Places to Work in IT. ChristianaCare is a nonprofit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. With the unique CareVio data-powered care coordination service and a focus on population health and value-based care, ChristianaCare is shaping the future of health care. Learn how ChristianaCare delivers greater quality and value at