The CTSQC seeks to continually improve the quality of surgical care, prevent complications, and eliminate patient harm at all Connecticut hospitals using a patient-centered approach that is both data-driven, and cost-effective. The Collaborative will foster an environment of collaboration, learning, and innovative inquiry in order to achieve its goals. It will preferentially use available risk-adjusted clinical datasets including, but not limited to, the American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) in order to identify improvement opportunities and to design interventions for eliminating performance gaps. As a learning community, it seeks to widely share all resulting quality improvement strategies and best practices with others regardless of enrollment in NSQIP or other programs. The Collaborative also seeks to participate in outreach efforts to educate other healthcare providers and the general public on patient safety and quality improvement in surgical patients.