About Us

PENNJ-SOS is a quality improvement program led by the Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF), with grant funding from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization dedicated to supporting health-related causes. Launched in 2018 as the Pennsylvania Opioid Surgical Stewardship Enterprise and renamed in 2021 to reflect regional growth, the program focuses on preventing chronic opioid use among post-surgical patients.

HCIF has partnered both with members of the Pennsylvania National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Consortium (PANC) and with non-member hospitals to implement strategies that prevent opioid use disorder while effectively managing post-operative pain. Since its launch, more than 40 hospitals in PA and NJ have participated in the program; 11 of the hospitals have participated in measurement, collecting and submitting data through the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP).

In addition to collecting data for longitudinal quality improvement assessment, this collaborative produces and deploys opioid surgical stewardship materials and health-literate resources for surgery patients to be used by hospitals nationwide.  


Surgeons and surgical teams from hospitals across Pennsylvania and New Jersey participate in PENNJ-SOS and have committed to establishing a multi-disciplinary team to identify and implement improvement strategies, to participate in collaborative activities where best practices are presented, and to share resources and tools with other collaborative members.

Steering Committee

Scott W. Cowan, MD, FACS, PANC Past President

Kelly Gemmill, PANC Secretary

Kristin Noonan, MD, PANC Vice Chair 

Matthew Philp, MD, PANC President

Henry A Pitt, MD, Executive Director PENNJ-SOS 

Patrick Ross, MD, Non-PANC Surgeon Advisor 

Christine Schleider, BSN, CNOR, PANC Past Secretary