Coffee Regional Medical Center Attains Surgical Quality Partner Distinction from the American College of Surgeons

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This distinction demonstrates Coffee Regional’s commitment to improving quality care across the continuum.


Douglas, Ga (September 28, 2023)


Coffee Regional Medical Center (CRMC) announced that it has received the Surgical Quality Partner distinction from the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Being a Surgical Quality Partner signifies an institution’s dedication to consistently improving procedures and approaches, while maintaining a critical eye on the process at every step. The Surgical Quality Partner designation lets patients know that Coffee Regional is dedicated to quality and relentless self-improvement and has been verified or accredited by the ACS. Patients can trust that the care they receive at Surgical Quality Partner hospitals adheres to the most rigorous standards in surgical quality.


The American College of Surgeons is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient care by setting and raising standards. The ACS has 13 Quality Programs that lead to greater access for patients, fewer complications, lower cost of care, and better outcomes. As a participant in at least one ACS Quality Program, CRMC has earned this prestigious Surgical Quality Partner distinction.


CRMC is accredited with ACS under the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation Program as well as the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).


The ACS CoC accreditation is granted to institutions committed to providing high-quality cancer care by demonstrating compliance with the CoC standards. Coffee Regional’s cancer program completed a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with the CoC standards. To maintain accreditation, CRMC’s cancer program must undergo a site visit every three years. The CoC accreditation standards supply the structure for providing all patients with a full range of diagnostic, treatment, and supportive services either on-site or by referral, including community-based resources.


The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) is a joint quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). MBSAQIP is a comprehensive, nationwide surgical quality program aimed at ensuring the safe and effective performance of metabolic and bariatric surgery. CRMC’s Bariatric program successfully completed this survey to become accredited. Research shows, accredited centers experience lower complications and better outcomes than that of non-accredited facilities.


“We are dedicated to growing and consistently improving our service lines to better serve our region. These distinctions are just one way we are ensuring quality care for our patients,”  said CRMC President & CEO, Vicki Lewis.


“ACS Quality programs are grounded in more than a century of experience and participation is an important measure of a hospital’s surgical quality. As an ACS Surgical Quality Partner, Coffee Regional Medical Center has shown a commitment to providing the best possible patient care, evaluating that care in a rigorous fashion, and dedicating themselves to continuous self-improvement,” said ACS Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS.


Learn more about the CoC Accreditation Program.


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About Coffee Regional Medical Center

Coffee Regional Medical Center, Inc., is a non-profit, acute care 98-bed hospital in Douglas, Georgia. The current facility opened in July 1998, replacing the original building constructed in 1953. The 200,000-square-foot hospital is designed with inpatient adult and pediatric beds and expanded outpatient service areas, including interventional cardiology and hematology and oncology infusion services, to assure exceptional care and wellness close to home. The Medical Staff membership includes anesthesiology, bariatrics, cardiology, emergency medicine, ENT, family practice, general surgery, GI, hematology, internal medicine, interventional cardiology, nephrology, neurology, OB/GYN, oncology/hematology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pain management, pathology, pediatrics, podiatry, pulmonology, radiology, urology, and wound care. Serving Coffee and surrounding counties since 1953, we have become an integral part of the fabric of our community and a major contributor to the economic health of Douglas, Georgia. To learn more, visit


About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 88,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. “FACS” designates that a surgeon is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


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