Silver Cross Hospital Achieves National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program
BMI Surgery and Silver Cross Hospital’s weight loss surgery program recently was awarded an accreditation as a Bariatric 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).
As a result of this accreditation, patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in Will County.
Dr. Christopher Joyce, medical director of Silver Cross Hospital’s bariatric surgery program, performed the first traditional and laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery as well as the first adjustable gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy procedures in the southwest suburbs. Since 2003, Dr. Joyce and his partner, Dr. Brian Lahmann with BMI Surgery at Silver Cross, have performed over 6,000 weight loss procedures, including laparoscopic gastric bypass and Lap-Band™ gastric band system. In addition, BMI Surgery is a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery.
“Due to the increasing prevalence of morbid obesity and its inherent risks and opportunities available to greatly improve the health of this patient population, we feel that it is vital that individuals looking to lose weight and improve their health know they have chosen a safe and comprehensive surgical program,” said Dr. Joyce.
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 pre-operative and post-operative care designed specifically for severely obese patients.
“At Silver Cross Hospital, we believe quality care begins with appropriately trained staff 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 program,” said Teri Hoogstra, nursing manager at Silver Cross Hospital.
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Silver Cross Hospital met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The program 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 2016, 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 program’s structure, process, and clinical outcomes data. A center is awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides, and whether it provides care for patients under age 18.
According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 15.5 million Americans are severely obese, 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 to assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.
*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.
To find out more about the bariatric surgery program at Silver Cross Hospital, attend a free informational session on both traditional and laparoscopic surgery on any Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. at BMI Surgery at 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Suite 260, New Lenox. Register to attend at www.bmisurgery.org.