Elmhurst Hospital earns national accreditation for bariatric care

July 10, 2018
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Elmhurst Hospital’s Bariatric and Weight Management Center 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 2016, 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.

“Attaining this accreditation affirms our commitment to our comprehensive approach to treating patients who suffer from obesity in a sensitive and effective manner,” says Mark Choh, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Bariatric and Weight Management Center, Elmhurst Hospital. “Obesity is a complicated chronic disease that must be addressed from many angles and being an MBSAQIP center allows us to continuously assess and improve our ability to provide quality care to our patients.”

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Elmhurst 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.

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. Centers are awarded a specific designation depending on the number of patients treated each year, types of procedures provided and whether care is offered for patients under age 18. 

In the United States, more than 15 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the number continues 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.