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Sylvester Designated an American College of Surgeons Surgical Quality Partner

ACS recognition underscores the center’s dedication to the highest standards of care.

Earning national recognition for patient care is one of the most meaningful rewards for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, and its newest designation underscores a long-standing commitment to the highest standards of surgical care.

ACS designation underscores Sylvester’s dedication to the highest standards of surgical cancer care.

The American College of Surgeons, a scientific and educational organization founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients, recently named Sylvester an ACS Surgical Quality Partner.

“ACS Quality programs are grounded in more than a century of experience, and participation is an important measure of a hospital’s surgical quality. As an ACS Surgical Quality Partner, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has shown a commitment to providing the best possible patient care, evaluating that care in a rigorous fashion and dedicating themselves to continuous self-improvement,” said ACS Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Patricia L. Turner, M.D., M.B.A., FACS.

Verified High Standards

The ACS Surgical Quality Partner designation signifies Sylvester’s adherence to consistently improving procedures and approaches while maintaining a critical eye on process at every step. Being a Surgical Quality Partner tells patients that Sylvester is committed to relentless self-improvement, which the ACS confirms. The evaluation involves collecting and analyzing data, identifying areas for improvement and implementing evidence-based practices to optimize patient outcomes. Patients can trust that the care they receive at Surgical Quality Partner hospitals adheres to the most rigorous standards in surgery.

Patient Safety

“We are proud to be named an ACS Surgical Quality Partner,” said Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., who is also the Oscar de la Renta Endowed Chair in Cancer Research and executive dean of research at the University Miami Miller School of Medicine. “This designation reflects the culmination of years of dedication and elevates Sylvester to an elite group of health care institutions leading the way in surgical quality and patient safety.”

In addition to its inpatient hospital, Sylvester has a network of 10 outpatient treatment facilities throughout South Florida and operates 15 site disease groups, including transplant and cellular therapy and skin, thoracic, myeloma, lymphoma, gynecological, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, neuro-oncology, sarcoma, pediatric, endocrine, leukemia/hematology, breast, and head and neck cancers. 

Established in 1992, Sylvester is South Florida’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center and serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis and treatment at UHealth. With more than 88,000 members, the ACS is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in the United States and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The college is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. ACS tracks more than 50 million patient records through surgical registries to improve patient care, and there are 2,500-plus hospital participants in ACS Quality programs.

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