DALLAS – Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at Medical City Dallas, whose Bariatric Program is nationally accredited and meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in North Texas.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery announced that Medical City Dallas has been accredited for a second time as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications 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).
“This accomplishment demonstrates to our patients and community that our Bariatric Program continues to provide the highest-quality care for people seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions,” said Chris Mowan, CEO of Medical City Dallas.
“I am very proud of the dedicated bariatric program team for exemplifying our health system’s mission and values by achieving this national accreditation and meeting the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.”
Medical City Dallas’ commitment to high-quality care and excellent patient experiences begins with a world-class team of highly-trained staff and skilled surgeons who regularly review and improve program processes and outcomes.
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. Medical City Dallas’s Bariatric Program meets these standards by offering high-quality preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for severely obese patients.
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Medical City Dallas met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. Medical City Dallas 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.
About 15.5 million Americans suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health. Obesity increases the risks of illness and death 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 conditions related to severe obesity.