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!
We attribute our success to our dedicated stakeholders—from surgeon champions and enthusiastic clinicians, to community leaders—and we are incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received. As we celebrate this exciting milestone, we look forward to more exciting developments to be announced in the near future. Stay up-to-date with Strong for Surgery by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, subscribing to our newsletter, and reading our blog.