Illinois partnership aims to make surgery safer

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois hospitals are being recruited to join an effort focused on the quality of surgical care.

The Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative was announced Thursday. It’s a three-year effort organized by the state chapters of the American College of Surgeons, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Northwestern Medicine.

Data about surgeries at participating hospitals will be analyzed with the goal of lessening complications, the length of inpatient stays, readmission rates and deaths.

Each hospital will receive customized reports so they can see where they need to improve. Northwestern will provide training and support, as well as do research about the initiative.

Studies have shown that preventing even minor surgical complications can save $10,000 to $30,000 in additional costs per patient. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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