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First Hospital Recognised For Comprehensive Excellence by American College of Surgeons Geriatric Surgery Verification Program

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The American College of Surgeons Geriatric Surgery Verification Program (ACS GSV) has announced the first hospital, Unity Hospital, Rochester, N.Y., to achieve Level 1—Comprehensive Excellence verification status, which recognizes its commitment to providing optimal care for its older adult surgical patients by meeting the GSV’s program standards. These standards ensure that older adults facing surgery receive care under a multidisciplinary program with quality improvement and safety processes, data collection, and appropriate resources provided to them as patients at the hospital.

Unity Hospital is the first in the nation to achieve verification by demonstrating that GSV standards are in place and verified across one or more surgical specialties and can reach 50 percent or more of their hospital’s total population of surgical patients aged 75 years or older who are program eligible.

The GSV program is based on other successful ACS quality improvement programs in surgical-care areas, such as cancer, bariatric surgery, trauma, and pediatric surgery. ACS developed the GSV program, which was launched during the summer of 2019, because the need for specialized surgical care for older patients is growing. Today older adults already account for more than 40 percent of all in-patient operations performed in the U.S. annually, and this number will continue to increase as the population ages and subsequent demand for surgical care grows.

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