The American Hospital Association (AHA) presented the Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award, one of AHA’s top national awards, to hospital collaboratives in Tennessee and Florida participating in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®). In their nomination entries, the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) and Florida Hospital Association (FHA) cited their states’ ACS NSQIP results as key quality achievements. THA helps lead the Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative (TSQC), the first ACS NSQIP collaborative that is a partnership between a hospital association, health plan, and an ACS local chapter. The 10 Tennessee hospitals participating in TSQC initially reduced complications by 36 percent and saved more than $5 million.. FHA partnered with ACS to create the Florida Surgical Care Initiative (FSCI), based on four ACS NSQIP measures. The 67 hospitals participating in FSCI reduced complications by 14.5 percent and saved $6.67 million in 15 months. Go to the AHA website at http://www.aha.org/about/awards/ davidson/index.shtml for more information about the Davidson Quality Awards.