SSC Collaborative

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) has launched a quality improvement initiative to increase early recognition and treatment of sepsis in patients on hospital medical, surgical and telemetry units. The effort is made possible through a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

The aim of the initiative is to study, test and disseminate tools related to the early identification and treatment of sepsis on hospital floors. Participating hospitals selected one unit to enroll in this pilot project. During the course of the collaborative hospitals that experience significant improvements, may choose to implement changes in other units outside the collaborative.  At the end of the collaborative, a consensus statement will be produced along with change/tool packages free to hospitals across the world interested in improving their own care.

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The project leaders will collaborate with SSC Steering Committee members, quality improvement professionals and hospitalist leaders from the Society of Hospital Medicine to provide guidance to hospitals as they identify and rapidly treat these high-risk patients.  Earlier interventions may lead to better outcomes for patients as sepsis often rapidly escalates to organ failure and death.

The initiative will have regional quality improvement collaboratives consisting of 20 hospitals in the San Francisco Bay area, Chicago area and the East Coast. The collaborative activity is scheduled to end in October 2015.


  • Patricia Cormack, RN, MSN, Critical Care Clinical Educator, Sepsis Coordinator, CV Coordinator, Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center, Oak Park, IL
  • Mary Ann Barnes-Daley, RN, BSN, CCRN DC, Regional Clinical Initiative Lead-Sepsis and ICU Liberation (ABCDE) Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Grant, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region , Sacramento, CA
  • R. Philip Dellinger, MD, MCCM, FCCP, Chair and Chief, Department of Medicine, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
  • Laura Evans, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, NYU School of Medicine, Medical Director of Critical Care, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY
  • Caleb P. Hale, MD, FHM, Hospitalist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Mitchell M. Levy, MD, FCCM, Professor or Medicine and Division Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Medical Director, MICU, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI – Co-Project Lead
  • Aroop Pal, MD, FHM, Associate Professor and KUMC Hospitalist, Program Director, Transitions of Care Services, Associate CMIO, Division of General and Geriatric Medicine, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • Christa A. Schorr, RN, MSN, Program Manager QI & Clinical Research Databases, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
  • Lisa Shieh, MD, FHM, Clinical Associate Professor, Medical Director of Quality, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
  • Steven Q. Simpson, MD, Professor of Medicine, Medical Director MICU, MTICU, MSICU, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, University of Kansas
  • Sean R. Townsend, MD, Vice President, Quality and Patient Safety, California Pacific Medical Center, Sutter Health System, San Francisco, CA – Co-Project Lead

 Inclusion Criteria


Hospitals needed to  consider the following criteria before applying:

  • 24-hour provider coverage
  • Must be U.S.-based hospital (San Francisco Bay area, Chicago area, East Coast preferred)
  • Lead hospitalist and nursing champion are required with support mentors from ICU and ED
  • Data collection capability (ability to conduct base line collection for participating unit 
  • Ability to use of the SSC database tool and submit secure, de-identified data to centralized data repository monthly for life of collaborative (18 months).
  • Ability to collect sepsis-related ALOS data
  • Local IT support as needed
  • Previous sepsis quality improvement experience with the ED and ICU
  • Data collection on 5 to 20 septic patients from preceding six months
  • Senior hospital administration support
  • Designated data collector to ensure consistency of data
  • Ability to attend three-in-person meetings, and six bi-monthly webinars
  • Ability to prepare and share data with collaborative (rights-privileges)
  • Ability to complete participation in collaborative over approximately 18 months

 Your Commitment


Given the importance of the collaborative’s goal, hospitals that begin the initiative have been expected to complete the entire 18-month program. Each hospital will be contributing to the international body of knowledge toward saving countless lives and reducing the long-term consequences for those affected by severe sepsis and septic shock in medical, surgical and telemetry units.