In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks.
To mitigate these health risks and provide optimum care, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s announces its Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program, in partnership with Grand Health Partners, has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program provides individualized patient care focused on quality and safety.
“Our dedicated team of professionals receives specialized training to care for the bariatric surgery patient,” said Cathy Flier, BSN, RN, CBN, bariatric program coordinator, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. “We have an interdisciplinary team that consists of certified bariatric nurses, bariatricians — internists who specialize in bariatric surgery — dietitians, behaviorists, exercise physiologists, mid-level providers and surgeons who practice exclusively in the field of bariatric surgery.”
Surgeons who provide care for bariatric patients at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s include:
• Paul Kemmeter, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery
• James A. Foote, MD, FACS
• Derek Nagle, MD, FACS
• Randal Baker, MD, FACS
• Jeremy Bushman, MD
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff in the area of bariatric surgery and surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.* Working with ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with obesity. The hospital also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, published by the ACS and ASMBS.
After submitting an application, centers seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center’s structure, process, and clinical outcomes data.
*Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737. DOI:10.1001/jama.292.14.1724.