More than 200 representatives from 55 Illinois hospitals participated in the first semi-annual meeting of the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC) in January. The Illinois and Metropolitan Chicago Chapters of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) formed the collaborative last year with the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, using several innovative approaches, including mentors, coaches, formal process improvement training, annual statewide projects, pilot grants, and many other initiatives. At the meeting, hospital representatives shared their experiences with implementing a variety of surgical quality improvement projects. Attendees at the meeting continued their formal quality and process improvement training with lectures and group exercises. The group also spent time planning their first statewide quality improvement initiative.
Keynote speaker Oscar D. Guillamondegui, MD, FACS, associate professor of surgery and trauma medical director, Vanderbilt Multidisciplinary Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Nashville, TN, addressed the challenges and successes of the Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative in enhancing surgical care in their state. View ISQIC’s website.