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National Impact: American College of Surgeons Takes Charge of Strong for Surgery

We recently announced that Strong for Surgery has been adopted by the American College of Surgeons, and oversight of the program will soon be shifting to this influential national organization. As this transition moves forward, we'll share updates through this blog, our newsletterTwitter, and Facebook. Expect more great things to come!

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A Fond Farewell to Wendy Klamp

Since Strong for Surgery launched almost four years ago, many of you have gotten to know our dedicated implementation coordinator, Wendy Klamp. In the first year, she helped build a public health campaign from scratch, recruit and train five pilot sites, and prove that surgeons and staff would join our efforts voluntarily and enthusiastically. She's spent countless hours helping hospitals and clinic staff map workflows, overcome obstacles, and successfully implement the program. 

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The Nutrition Checklist & Surgical Outcomes

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This summer we began a study designed to examine the impact of the Strong for Surgery Nutrition Checklist on surgical outcomes. To do this, we're looking at  two Washington State hospital datasets: the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP) will provide information about procedures, and the Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System (CHARS) will give further insight into inpatient hospital admissions and discharge information. By linking these two sources, we can get a better picture of how use of the Nutrition Checklist has influenced how well patients do after surgery. 

We believe the Strong for Surgery Nutrition Checklist has helped improve care and outcomes in hospitals that have implemented it around the Northwest since the program started in 2012. Our hope is that this study will provide strong data to support further use and adoption of the checklist in the Northwest and beyond! We'll continue to share updates about this work through this blog, Twitter, and Facebook. Follow us for more great things to come!

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Implementation Inspiration: Wendy Klamp

Strong for Surgery's success is the result of many engaged and dedicated people, but if we had to celebrate just one individual, Implementation Coordinator Wendy Klamp takes the cake. Wendy has been with Strong for Surgery since the very beginning and has spent the last three years working tirelessly in hospitals and clinics around the Northwest helping staff implement the program into clinical workflow. In this blog post, Wendy reflects on her experience and shares her insight into what it takes to successfully implement a quality improvement program in diverse healthcare settings.

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Strong for Surgery Celebrates 3 Years of Improving Patient Outcomes

Strong for Surgery launched in Washington State three years ago on May 14, 2012, at the SCOAP Annual Meeting. At that time, Medical Director, Dr. Tom Varghese Jr. had an ambitious goal: to help every surgical patient become healthier and better prepared for their surgery. His enthusiasm caught the attention of clinicians and healthcare organizations all over the Northwest, and the Strong for Surgery program has grown from our first six pilot sites to now 50 hospitals and clinics representing more than 200 surgeons. By our estimates, over 5,500 patients have been screened using the Strong for Surgery checklists to help optimize their health for surgery!

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Going Mobile to Improve Outcomes

Since launching in May of 2012, Strong for Surgery’s implementation process has involved hands-on support from our implementation team and considerable effort by clinic staff to adapt workflow. Successful hospitals and clinics customized the program and developed best practices to suit their unique needs. These sites are continually evaluating and adapting their approach, and we’re honored by their commitment.

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2015: Looking Forward to More Remarkable Milestones

When Strong for Surgery launched in Washington State almost three years ago, Medical Director, Dr. Tom Varghese Jr., had an ambitious goal: to help every surgical patient become healthier and better prepared for their surgery. His enthusiasm caught the attention of clinicians and healthcare organizations all over the northwest, and the Strong for Surgery program has grown exponentially from our first six pilot sites. As we look forward to the New Year, we reflect back on 2014—a year of growth, impact, and exciting new work:

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Raising Awareness: Strong for Surgery Presentations in 2014

The Strong for Surgery team was honored to have the opportunity to present the program at more than 40 conferences, meetings, and webinars across the country in 2014. These events provided valuable opportunities to connect directly with clinicians and heathcare stakeholders concerned with pre-surgical patient health optimization. Here are just a few highlights:

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Success in the City of Roses: Q & A with Dr. Joe Frankhouse

At the time of launch two years ago, Strong for Surgery had identified five sites in Washington State to pilot the program. However the enthusiasm of one surgeon in Portland, OR, made including a sixth location a natural decision. 

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Strong for Surgery in the News

10/2014
The Wall Street Journal. "What to Expect When You Have Surgery."

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