Saint Joseph Hospital Achieves National Accreditation for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

February 04, 2016

This week Saint Joseph Hospital was re-accredited as a Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery 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).

MBSAQIPSeal270To earn the MBSAQIP designation, the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Saint Joseph Hospital met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center 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.

Saint Joseph Hospital's bariatric surgery program has become a regional center of excellence and one of Denver's premier weight loss surgery providers thanks its unique approach to patient care, where care providers partner with patients to help them achieve their health and lifestyle goals.

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. 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 learn more about bariatric surgery at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, visit the Weight Loss Surgery Center.

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