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Surgical Care Improvement Project

Providing the best surgical care has always been a priority at Pardee Hospital. And, providing the best surgical care requires dedication to the constant improvement and monitoring of procedures. Pardee has partnered with the national Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) to continually monitor and improve the quality of surgical care at Pardee.


Initiated in 2002, SCIP was founded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in an effort to decrease complications associated with postoperative infections in the Medicare population. The CDC and CMS worked together for several years to establish a set of criteria that should be followed by hospitals for patients receiving surgery, in order to reduce the risk of surgical complications.


Participating hospitals are required to provide CMS with data that confirms they are following the criteria and are compliant with the standards set by the SCIP initiative. There are four SCIP surgical core standards that hospitals must regularly report to CMS. The standards dictate that an antibiotic must be given before and after surgery, and treatment must be given before and after surgery to decrease the risk of developing a blood clot. It is the physician who decides if these standards are to be used.


Pardee has continued to exceed all recommended standards and has maintained its high level of care. A task force of Pardee nurses, physicians and directors works diligently to review data, processes and procedures on an ongoing basis to ensure continued success in meeting the SCIP standards.