WEST READING, PA — Tower Health announced that its bariatric surgery center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent and Obesity Medicine Qualifications by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
The MBSAQIP Standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, ensure that metabolic and bariatric patients receive multidisciplinary medical care, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. MBSAQIP-Accredited centers offer preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for patients with obesity.
“This most recent accreditation marks Reading Hospital as the first metabolic and bariatric program in the state of Pennsylvania to receive accreditation in all three areas a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Surgery and Obesity Medicine Qualifications,” stated Stephan Myers, MD, Chief, Division of Bariatric Surgery at Reading Hospital and Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at Tower Health Weight Loss Surgery and Wellness Center
Reading Hospital’s commitment to quality care begins with expertly trained staff and the leadership of an experienced bariatric surgeon. The program continuously reviews surgical data to improve the outcomes necessary to provide safe, efficacious, and high-quality care to all metabolic and bariatric patients.
To earn MBSAQIP Accreditation, Reading Hospital met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and patient care pathways, ensuring its ability to support patients with obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that measures the quality of its surgical outcomes and identifies opportunities for quality improvement. The MBSAQIP Standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, are published by the ACS and the ASMBS.
“I’d like to congratulate everyone at the Weight Management Center,” said P. Sue Perrotty, Tower Health President and CEO. “I’d also like to recognize Dr. Myers who tirelessly works to advocate for his patients, his colleagues, the program, and the expansion into the pediatric arena. This accreditation is outstanding news for Tower Health and for all the people who benefit from our programs.”
After applying for MBSAQIP Accreditation, centers undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon who reviews the center’s structure, processes, and clinical outcomes data. Centers that earn accreditation are awarded a specific designation level, depending on how many patients it serves annually, critical care capabilities, the types of procedures provided, and whether it provides care to patients under the age of 18.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 93 million adults in the United States are affected by obesity. The disease of obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of commonly associated diseases and conditions, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgery have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to obesity. Working together, the ACS and the ASMBS have developed accreditation standards for metabolic and bariatric surgery to assist patients with obesity in identifying centers that provide optimal patient care.
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