Participation Awards


The SVS PSO encourages involvement by SVS VQI vascular specialists through a program of annual Participation Awards related to long-term follow-up rates, regional meeting participation, quality improvement initiatives and registry participation. Centers receiving the maximum Award level receive certificates at the regional and national meetings.

The Participation Awards program began in 2016 to encourage active participation in the registries program and recognize the importance of that participation.

Participating centers can earn up to three stars based on actions that lead to better patient care, including:

  • The completeness of long-term, follow-up reporting (LTFU) based on the percentage of patients for whom they have at least nine months of follow-up data
  • Physician attendance at semi-annual meetings of a regional quality group
  • Initiation of quality improvement activities based on VQI data
  • The number of vascular registries in which the center participates

LTFU Re-Instated in the 2021 Participation Awards

Effective immediately the Participation Committee unanimously voted to re-instate LTFU criteria in the 2021 Participation Awards. During the height of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the committee decided to temporarily remove LTFU as criteria for the 2020 Participation Awards. Now that centers have implemented sustainable measures to address COVID-19’s impact (re-assigning staff, furloughing staff, canceling non-emergent imaging, canceling non-emergent follow-up appointments), the committee is hopeful that centers are able to return to pre-COVID-19 operations.


The following is a list of the four domains for the 2021 Participation Awards criteria:

Domain 1 – LTFU – 40% weighted

Domain 2 – Regional Meeting attendance – 30% weighted

Domain 3 – QI Project – 20% weighted

Domain 4 – Registry subscriptions – 10% weighted

The final score is calculated as follows:

Total points = 4 x LTFU score + 3 x Attendance score + 2 x QI score + 1 x registry score


Scoring details will be provided in newsletters, upcoming webinars, the VQI Annual Meeting, and the Fall regional meetings.

Please contact Betsy Wymer (SVS VQI Director of Quality) at, if needed.


While the SVS PSO posts a listing of the Participation Award results on the VQI website and recognizes award winners at our 18 regional meetings, we feel we can and want to do more to help celebrate your success.   We also want to provide VQI members with the tools and guidance, so they can communicate their good work, as recognized through this award.

Participation Award Press Release Template

Participation Award Press Release Rules



Canadian Vascular Quality Initiative

  • Toronto General Hospital

Carolina’s Vascular Study Group

  • Medical University of South Carolina Hospital
  • Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
  • WakeMed Health & Hospitals-Raleigh Campus
  • WakeMed Health & Hospitals-Cary Campus

Great Lakes Vascular Study Group

  • Cleveland Clinic
  • ProMedica Toledo Hospital

Michigan Vascular Study Group

Mid-America Vascular Study Group

  • MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center

Mid-Atlantic Vascular Study Group

  • St. Luke’s Hospital – Allentown Campus
  • St. Luke’s Hospital – Bethlehem Campus
  • St. Luke’s Hospital – Anderson Campus
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
  • St. Luke’s Hospital – Quakertown Campus
  • St. Luke’s Hospital – Warren Campus
  • University of Pennsylvania

Mid-South Vascular Study Group

  • Nashville Vascular and Vein Institute

Midwest Vascular Collaborative

  • Goshen Hospital
  • IU Health – Methodist
  • IU Health – Arnett Hospital
  • IU Health – Saxony Hospital
  • IU Health – Bloomington Hospital
  • IU Health – Ball Memorial Hospital

Northern California Vascular Study Group

  • Stanford Hospital & Clinics
  • UC Davis Health System

Pacific Northwest Vascular Study Group

  • Harborview Medical Center

Rocky Mountain Vascular Quality Initiative

  • Pima Vascular
  • University of Utah Hospital and Clinics

Southeastern Vascular Study Group

  • Piedmont Hospital
  • The Emory Clinic
  • University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Mayo Clinic Florida
  • University Of Alabama Medical Center

Southern California Vascular Outcomes Improvement Collaborative (VOICE)

  • The University of Southern California on behalf of its Keck Medicine of USC

Southern Vascular Outcomes Network (SOVONET)

  • Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital

Upper Midwest Vascular Network

  • Froedtert Health
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC)
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester

Vascular Study Group of Greater New York

  • Stony Brook University Medical Center
  • Weill Cornell University Medical Center
  • Catholic Health Sister of Charity Hospital
  • Montefiore Medical Center
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • University of Rochester Medical Center

Vascular Study Group of New England

  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • University of Vermont Medical Center
  • U Mass Memorial
  • Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
  • Hartford Hospital
  • Baystate Medical Center
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Yale New Haven Hospital

Virginias Vascular Study Group

  • Charleston Area Medical Center
  • University of Virginia Health System
  • West Virginia University Hospital
  • Winchester Medical Center
  • United Hospital Center



Participation Awards – 3 Stars –  2018 (Listing)

Participation Awards  – 3 Stars – 2017 (Listing)