The ACS Surgical Quality Partnership underscores Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ commitment to ensuring the highest standards of surgical patient care
LOS ANGELES, November 21, 2023: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has been recognized as a National Surgical Quality Partner (SQP) by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for its long-standing dedication to the highest standards in surgical patient care. The noteworthy achievement underscores CHLA’s continued commitment to improving surgical procedures and approaches, ensuring the best possible care for its pediatric surgery patients.
The ACS Surgical Quality Partnership aims to recognize and celebrate hospitals that adhere to the most rigorous standards in surgical quality, which are based on clinical evidence and more than 100 years of ACS’s expertise. The SQP designation lets patients know that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is dedicated to relentless self-improvement and has been verified through a detailed and rigorous review from ACS.
“We are immensely proud to be named an ACS Surgical Quality Partner,” said James Stein, MD, MSc, FACS, FAAP, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “It is through the collective hard work and dedication of our team of surgeons and clinical partners in anesthesia, critical care, neonatology and a broad array of pediatric sub-specialists that we have achieved multiple American College of Surgeons designations over the years. This distinction is further validation that our patients and families can confidently trust that they are receiving the highest quality surgical care at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.”
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles was verified by the ACS as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in 1993 and holds the distinction of being the only freestanding Pediatric Level I ACS verified Trauma Center in Los Angeles County.
Other noteworthy designations CHLA has received from the ACS over the last 25 years include:
- Trauma Quality Improvement Hospital for implementing specified training and standardized and risk-adjusted data to best practices while participating in the Trauma Quality Improvement Program since 2014
- Pediatric National Surgical Quality Improvement Hospital for demonstrating a commitment to quality improvement in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program - Pediatric since 2016
"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, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles 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 & Chief Executive Officer Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Department of Surgery forms one of the largest pediatric multispecialty medical and surgical groups in the United States and performs nearly 16,000 surgical procedures annually across a total of 10 divisions staffed by board-certified doctors. CHLA’s surgical specialties have received national recognition against nearly 200 children-centered institutions for clinical expertise and measurable patient outcomes from U.S. News & World Report including Cardiology & Heart Surgery (No. 13), Diabetes & Endocrinology (No. 6), Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (No. 5), Neonatology (No. 6), Nephrology (No. 24), Neurology & Neurosurgery (No. 13), Orthopedics (No. 2), Pulmonary & Lung Surgery (No. 14), and Urology (No. 6).