ACS hosts Inspiring Quality Forum in Utah

Participants in the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Mountain Region, from left to right: Drs. Lee and Hoyt; Mr. Anderson; Drs. Hartsaw, James, Mariani, Cochran, Sorenson, Ott, and Finlayson.

Participants in the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Mountain Region, from left to right: Drs. Lee and Hoyt; Mr. Anderson; Drs. Hartsaw, James, Mariani, Cochran, Sorenson, Ott, and Finlayson.

A panel of regional health care experts met October 3 at the Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City, at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Mountain Region. The panelists discussed best practices for improving patient care and highlighted quality programs that improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.

Amalia Cochran, MD, FACS, FCCM, associate professor of surgery, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, and President of the ACS Utah Chapter, hosted the event. Brent C. James, MD, MStat, chief quality officer and executive director, Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Intermountain Healthcare, delivered the keynote address.

Panelists included:

  • Timothy B. Anderson, JD, Jones Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough PC Health Care Law Practice Group; member, University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics Board of Trustees, Salt Lake City
  • Samuel R. G. Finlayson, MD, MPH, FACS, professor and Claudius Y. Gates, MD, and Catherine B. Gates Presidential Endowed Chair, department of surgery, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City
  • Sara Hartsaw, MD, FACS, general surgeon and owner, High Plains Surgical Associates, PC, Gillette, WY; chair, Board of Trustees, Campbell County Memorial Hospital; lieutenant commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
  • David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director, ACS
  • Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, senior vice-president, health sciences, University of Utah; dean, University of Utah School of Medicine; chief executive officer (CEO), University of Utah Health Care
  • E. Marc Mariani, MD, orthopaedic surgeon—adult reconstruction, St. Mark’s Hospital, MountainStar Healthcare, Salt Lake City
  • Mark J. Ott, MD, FACS, medical director, surgical services, Intermountain Healthcare, Murray, UT; adjunct associate professor of surgery, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Charles Sorenson, MD, FACS, president and CEO, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City

The full forum video archive and event photos are posted on the ACS website. For more information, e-mail InspiringQualityTour@facs.org.

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