SRMH weight loss surgery earns re-accreditation
Harrisonburg–area clinic meets all criteria as a Low Acuity Center according to national quality standards established to deliver safe, high quality bariatric patient care
The Sentara RMH Weight Loss Surgery Clinic has been re-accredited as a Low Acuity 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).
MBSAQIP Standards ensure that weight loss surgery patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term weight-loss success. The accredited program at Sentara RMH offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically to meet the needs of severely obese patients.
“Our bariatric team works diligently to ensure proper and appropriate care for bariatric patients during every encounter they have with the hospital,” said Robert Garwood, MD, medical director of general and bariatric surgery for Sentara RMH Medical Center. “The care given to our patients is comprehensive and exceeds stringent national standards. This encompasses not only bariatric surgical patients but every bariatric patient seen in our hospital. MBSAQIP accreditation speaks to the continued commitment of excellence to our patients and community.”
Centers are 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. The Sentara RMH 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 Sentara RMH Bariatric Program provides laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and Orbera intragastric balloon. It sees an average of 100 patients per year.
In the United States, about 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to rise. Obesity increases a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Weight loss surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of these conditions related to severe obesity.