Menorah Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—today announced its acclaimed bariatric program has been recertified as a Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program 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). Menorah Medical Center’s nationally accredited bariatric program meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the greater Kansas City area.
The ACS and ASMBS combined their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®). MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers. A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources and standards of practice. All accredited centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.
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.
Menorah Medical Center’s bariatric program is a high-quality resource for patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions. Nicole Fearing, M.D., board certified bariatric and general surgeon, is medical director of the Menorah Medical Center Surgical Weight Loss Program.
“We are extremely proud to be reaccredited,” says Fearing. “It’s a testament to not only the outstanding team we have at Menorah Medical Center, but to our patients who work very hard to change their lives through our surgery, support groups and seminars. We do what we do every day for them.”
“Our bariatric program at Menorah Medical Center is a leader in the Kansas City region,” says Menorah Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Charles Laird. “We have an extraordinary group of surgeons on staff, as well as a multi-disciplinary team of experts, that help each and every patient from step one through the completion of the surgery and thereafter. Our patient stories are those of great outcomes that help people reclaim their lives.” In the United States, an estimated 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.