Achieving Top-level ACS Surgical Verification

Maya Evans, M.D., conducts a physical medicine and rehabilitation visit with a patient.

Shriners Children’s Northern California is only the second pediatric hospital in the nation to earn the distinction

Shriners Children’s Northern California is the second pediatric hospital in the nation to obtain verification as a Level I Specialty Children’s Musculoskeletal Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and the only
facility on the west coast. The Level I verification is the highest of three levels of ACS surgical verification a pediatric hospital can receive.

This verification requires pediatric hospitals to meet strict standards, demonstrating that patients having surgery receive care under a multidisciplinary program while ensuring safety standards and processes, meticulous data collection, high quality improvement and appropriate surgical resources. The verification followed an extensive review of hospital structure, processes and outcomes conducted by a team of ACS surveyors including experienced pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses.

“This Level I verification is extremely meaningful to us at Shriners Children’s, because it reflects our continual efforts to provide high-quality care to more children, closer to where they live,” said Jerry G. Gantt, Shriners Children’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “We are committed to providing hope and healing to the patients who come to Shriners Children’s Northern California for surgical services.”Shriners Children’s Northern California Chief of Orthopedics, Michelle James, M.D., agreed. “We are honored to be only one of two pediatric hospitals in the nation with this verification,” Dr. James said. “This verification from the ACS reflects our organization’s commitment to providing individualized, patient-centered, high-quality care and experience for the families we serve. It confirms to parents and healthcare professionals that, for their children and patients, the highest level of musculoskeletal care available in the nation can be received here.” Shriners Children’s Northern California is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top orthopedics program in the country, in partnership with UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Shriners Children’s Northern California’s signature clinical programs within orthopedics include fracture follow-up and care, a hand and upper extremity program, lower extremity care, multidisciplinary neuromuscular programs, spine and scoliosis care, and sports medicine.