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Published on November 20, 2015

Trinity Mother Frances Achieves National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

 

East Texas center meets all criteria as an Accredited Metabolic and Bariatric Comprehensive Surgery Center according to national quality standards established to deliver safe, high quality bariatric patient care

 

TYLER, TX – 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 the greater East Texas.

Dr. Charles Beall, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, today announced its bariatric surgical 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 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.

“We are incredibly proud to be awarded this distinction because it highlights the amazing efforts and skill of our physicians, nursing staff and all the employees of the Bariatric Surgery program,” said Betsy Carson, RN, CBN. “Most importantly, this distinction is a marker of the excellence and high standard of care that we provide to our patients.”

Trinity Mother Frances’ commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership of 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.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Trinity Mother Frances 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. 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.

        “Trinity Mother Frances Bariatric Surgery Center is a program that, based on their attention to detail and commitment to quality care, deserves this recognition,” said John McGreevy, Chief Executove Officer of Mother Frances Hospital Tyler and the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital. “The medical staff and all the employees of Trinity Mother Frances Bariatric Surgery Center are a wonderful example of the mission of Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics: providing excellent service with compassion, quality and efficiency.”

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 accreditation based on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides, and the quality improvements and outcomes.

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.

 

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*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.

 

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About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics include the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, Mother Frances Hospital Tyler, Jacksonville and Winnsboro, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HEALTHSOUTH, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multi-specialty medical group, with more than 330 Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers representing 36 specialties in 31 locations serving East Texas.  For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances, visit tmfhc.org

 

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

 

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.

Reviewed by Will Knous on November 23, 2015

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