Oakville hospital recognized for outstanding post-op patient care


Published January 12, 2024 at 11:08 am

Oakville’s hospital has received international recognition for patient care in 2022.

Halton Healthcare’s Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) for achieving “Meritorious” status for surgical patient care in 2022.

Halton Healthcare tracks the outcomes of surgical procedures at OTMH and collects data to inform improvements in the quality of surgical care.

The goal of the program is to reduce infection, illness or death related to surgical procedures and provide a foundation for surgeons to apply the best scientific evidence to the practice of surgery.

“Using best practices learned from our fellow NSQIP sites and from ongoing literature reviews, we continue to refine our surgical techniques,” said Dr. Duncan Rozario, chief of surgery at OTMH.

“Quality improvement is a continuous journey. Collecting this data and measuring our progress helps identify specific areas to focus our improvement efforts. Fewer complications mean a faster discharge home and a return to quality of life for our patients,”

The hospital has been acknowledged in the “All Cases” category. The outcomes measured by OTMH as part of the NSQIP include surgical site infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, blood clots, readmission and death.

These outcomes after surgery are captured during the hospital stay and through confidential phone calls to patients after their procedure.

“On behalf of the Surgical Program’s leadership team I would like to extend our appreciation to the dedicated team of healthcare professionals for their steadfast focus on enhancing the patient experience,” said Cathy Goacher, Director of the OTMH Surgical Program. “They provide surgical care of the absolute highest quality, every day. This recognition is a testament to that work,”

ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in more than 850 adult and pediatric hospitals across North America.

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