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Lourdes Bariatric Program Achieves Reaccreditation as a Comprehensive Center

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center’s Bariatric Surgery program was recently reaccredited as a Comprehensive Center by the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This is the third accreditation earned by Lourdes’ Bariatric Surgery program.

A MBSAQIP accreditation acknowledges a center’s commitment to providing and supporting quality improvement and patient safety efforts for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients before, during and after surgery. It also signals efforts made to provide multidisciplinary, high-quality and patient-centered. Bariatric centers must apply for reaccreditation every three years.

“We are extremely pleased that our Bariatric Surgery program was reaccredited as a Comprehensive Center,” said Dr. Alan Pope, Chief Medical Officer, Lourdes Health System. “This reaccreditation shows our team’s commitment and dedication to our patients and their families.”

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Lourdes met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients. 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.

Lourdes’ Bariatric team is made up of numerous weight-loss experts, including surgeons, nurses, dieticians and therapists. More than 1,000 bariatric procedures have been performed at Lourdes since the program began in 2012.

“Lourdes Bariatric team is fully dedicated to patients’ overall well-being,” said Dr. Mark Salcone, Medical Director, Lourdes Bariatric Program. “Our multidisciplinary, comprehensive program offers many options for those who need support, from deciding on a surgical or non-surgical weight-loss plan, to exercise instruction, nutrition counseling, support groups and education. Our focus is on patients’ health and long-term success.”

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 the MBSAQIP, The American College of Surgeons expanded its quality program so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care. Accredited centers offer preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for bariatric patients.

For more information about bariatric surgery at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, call 1-888-LOURDES (568-7337).

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