SCW has received a $20,000 grant from the Gundersen Medical Foundation in support of a project to help validate the accuracy of the system that SCW will use to assess the performance of individual Wisconsin surgeons for their rate of reoperation after initial lumpectomy for breast cancer. The SCW system captures reoperation rates at the surgeon level with health care claims data through cooperation with the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) and the Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO).  After gathering this data, SCW will be able to provide surgeons with information on their own rates of reoperation and how they compare to other Wisconsin surgeons. (The performance of other surgeons will be provided, but individual surgeons will not be identified.) The accuracy of health care claims data will be assessed by comparing it to data retrieved from electronic medical records of surgeons and institutions that want to participate in this validation strategy. This validation strategy has been approved by the Gundersen Health System IRB.  If you would like to participate in this validation strategy, or if you have questions, you can e-mail Jeffrey Landercasper MD FACS at jlanderc@gundersenhealth.org.

The grant dollars awarded to SCW were raised from Gundersen’s “Steppin’ out in Pink” (SOIP) campaign. SOIP is a walk for local breast cancer research and other breast cancer initiatives at the Gundersen Health System. The SOIP breast cancer survivor walk began in La Crosse in 2003 as an idea suggested, supported and led by Patty Brown, a breast cancer survivor.  There were 6700 registered walkers in 2017. One of the annual walk’s highlights occurs when Gundersen breast cancer providers of care–to include but not limited to surgeons–serve breakfast and coffee to their patients in the Breakfast Tent.