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Surgical Quality Collaborative

A partnership between Health Sciences South Carolina and SCHA initially funded by the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation, the South Carolina Surgical Quality Collaborative (SC SQC) was designed to improve surgical quality safety in the state, by focusing specifically on 15 targeted procedures. The SC SQC has partnered with engaged surgical leaders across the state to establish a continuous quality improvement structure and learning healthcare system. Using near real-time reporting of clinical data, dashboards of metrics and benchmark data are shared with surgical leaders to aid in identifying improvement opportunities and the implementation of best practices. Learning is facilitated by site visits and collaborative meetings. Participating hospitals include McLeod Health, MUSC Health (Charleston), MUSC Lancaster, MUSC Marion, MUSC Chester, and MUSC Florence, Prisma Health Baptist Easley, Piedmont Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, Roper Hospital (Charleston), Roper St. Francis – Mount Pleasant Hospital and The Regional Medical Center – Orangeburg.   

In addition, the SC SQC is committed to training the next generation of SC surgical leaders in quality improvement techniques and data evaluation by working towards incorporating quality improvement training into surgical resident curricula. This comprehensive, collaborative, and data-driven approach creates an engaged surgical community. By targeting high volume and high-risk surgical procedures, the SC SQC will achieve measurable reductions in post-operative complications and lowering general surgery costs. 

The SC SQC’s work has already been the focus of a study on whether participation in a regional collaborative quality initiative was associated with decreased in-hospital surgical complications. See a brief overview of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons article here.

For more information about the SC SQC, email Diana Zona at