Local Nurses Receive Certification as Surgical Clinical Reviewers

December 31, 2014
Keene, NH

From American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Program

Sara Lyon, RN and Allison Davidson, RN

Sara Lyon, RN and Allison Davidson, RN

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) is pleased to announce that Sara Lyon, RN and Allison Davidson, RN have received certification as Surgical Clinical Reviewers through the American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®). Successful completion of the certification exam represents the culmination of nearly six months of training and education in the precise methodology required by NSQIP for hospitals to contribute data related to surgical outcomes to this industry-leading quality and process improvement program. 

More than a year ago CMC/DHK became a member of the ACS NSQIP® to further its mission in providing high quality care. The program is the nation’s only nationally benchmarked, clinical, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based program to measure and improve care across surgical specialties.

“CMC/DHK is committed to ensuring our patients receive safe, high quality care.” said Tim Fisher, MD, MS, Chair of Surgical Services. “The ability to benchmark our organization’s outcomes against other hospitals around the country is invaluable. Understanding variations in care, complications and utilization from our own hospital, across the Dartmouth-Hitchcock system, and from the national ASC NSQIP® registry is critical in improving quality and patient safety while reducing costs. We are proud of Sara and Allison’s accomplishments in earning the certification which will give us an advantage in analyzing our outcomes data and provide insight on improvement work.”

In addition to their NSQIP clinical data abstraction roles, Sara and Allison serve as the administrative coordinators for a newly constituted Surgical Quality Committee (SQC) at CMC/DHK.  Composed of surgeons, physicians, anesthesiologists, nurses and quality-improvement specialists, the SQC reviews multiple data sources, including NSQIP reports, to drive process and quality-improvement projects in perioperative services across campus. “I’m thrilled to work with a group of dedicated professionals who share my passion for quality and patient safety.” shared Dr. Fisher. 

The Surgery Department at CMC/DHK performs over 3,900 procedures per year, serving patients across Cheshire County and beyond. The experienced team of surgeons, doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, offers specialized care in General and Plastic Surgery, Gynecology, Maxillofacial Surgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Otolaryngology, Podiatry and Urology.  A comprehensive program for patients includes pre-surgical assessments, classes, surgery, recovery, and rehabilitation.

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation’s healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/D-HK, Healthy Monadnock (formerly Vision 2020) is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation's healthiest community by 2020. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit

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