Cooper University Health Care Earns Prestigious Designation as an American College of Surgeons Surgical Quality Partner

Cooper University Health Care has been recognized as a Surgical Quality Partner by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), highlighting the institution’s unwavering commitment to delivering the highest standards of surgical care.

“Our designation as an ACS Surgical Quality Partner underscores our dedication to adhering to the most rigorous standards in surgical quality,” said Francis R. Spitz, MD, FACS, Head, Division of General Surgery, Cooper University Health Care. “This achievement reflects our continuous efforts to minimize complications, improve outcomes, and ultimately save lives through the provision of exceptional surgical care.”

Cooper actively participates in multiple ACS Quality Programs, demonstrating a commitment to maintaining excellence across various surgical specialties. Cooper has been recognized by ACS for the following areas:

  • The Commission on Cancer Accreditation (CoC) is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for patients with cancer. The CoC promotes cancer prevention, treatment, survival, and education, and ensures high-quality, comprehensive, coordinated cancer care.
  • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) is a comprehensive, nationwide surgical quality program aimed at ensuring the safe and effective performance of metabolic and bariatric surgery. Surgical outcomes focus on weight loss and the treatment of obesity-related diseases, like diabetes, sleep apnea, and others.
  • The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) improves all aspects of breast cancer and disease care, including screening, prevention, and early detection, as well as accurate diagnosis and correct treatments for breast cancer. By setting the highest standards, the NAPBC ensures that breast centers provide the most comprehensive breast care based on scientific evidence about what works best for every patient.
  • The National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) requires rectal cancer programs to use a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to improving rectal cancer care. This program is based on international models that lead to better outcomes for patients, including a reduction in recurrence rates, better quality of life, improved function, and increased survival.
  • National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) is the first nationally validated, outcomes-based program to measure and improve the quality of surgical care. Participating hospitals collect data that provides in-depth analysis, helping surgical teams better understand and tailor care to patient needs.
  • The Trauma Verification, Review, and Consultation (VRC) program sets the standard for the care of injured patients in trauma centers. These standards ensure each center has the right expertise and is immediately prepared to provide the highest quality of emergency trauma care. These standards are so rigorous that many states use them to designate trauma centers in their region.

“ACS quality programs are grounded in more than a century of experience and participation is an important measure of a hospital’s surgical quality,” Dr. Spitz said. “As an ACS Surgical Quality Partner, patients can trust Cooper will be providing the best possible patient care, evaluating that care in a rigorous fashion, and dedicating ourselves to continuously improving our program.”

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 88,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. “FACS” designates that a surgeon is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

About Cooper University Health Care

Cooper University Health Care, with its MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and affiliation with Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, is a leading academic health system. Cooper has more than 10,000 team members including nearly 1,600 nurses, more than 950 employed physicians, and more than 550 advanced practice providers. Cooper University Hospital has been recognized as a top-performing regional hospital by U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 Best Hospitals annual survey.

Cooper has revenues of more than $2 billion and has an “A-” rating from S&P Global Ratings and “A3” rating from Moody’s Investors Service. Cooper University Hospital is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in South Jersey and the busiest in the region. More than two million patients are served annually at Cooper’s 663-bed flagship hospital, outpatient surgery center, three urgent care centers, and more than 100 ambulatory offices throughout the community. Cooper has been named as one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes for three consecutive years.

The Cooper Health Sciences campus in Camden, New Jersey, is home to Cooper University Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Visit to learn more.

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