September 23, 2016

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center receives national accreditation for the Center for Bariatric Surgery

The Center for Bariatric Surgery at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center recently received designation as an Accredited 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).

To earn this accredited status, the center had to meet essential criteria for staff, training, protocols for care and facility infrastructure. In addition, it participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.

“Achieving this accreditation is a result of all of the hard work of the multidisciplinary team at the Center for Bariatric Surgery at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center,” said Dr. Michael Nowak, MBS director and medical director of the Center for Bariatric Surgery. “We have a legacy of providing high quality of care for bariatric surgery patients and are driven to continue to do so.”

The Center for Bariatric Surgery includes a multidisciplinary team approach of surgeons, nurses, health educators and nutritionists working as a team with each patient. Bariatric surgery treatment includes preoperative and postoperative educational and clinical care tailored to each patient’s needs. This comprehensive program improves patient surgical outcomes and continued success throughout their life.  

“St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is very proud of its nearly 20-year history of providing exceptional care for our bariatric patients,” said Dr. David F. Perse, president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity. “Our multidisciplinary approach is critical to the success of our more than 8,000 patients.”

Obesity affects more than 15 million people in the United States, increasing the risks of health issues including type II diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be successful in reducing comorbidities related to severe obesity. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center has long been offering patients a comprehensive program for surgical treatment of severe obesity. 

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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