Conemaugh Memorial Achieves Comprehensive Center Accreditation for Bariatric Surgery

April 4, 2018

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has achieved a Comprehensive Center Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

A MBSAQIP accreditation formally acknowledges Conemaugh Memorial’s commitment to providing and supporting quality improvement and patient safety efforts for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients. As an accredited program, Conemaugh Memorial has demonstrated that its center meets every patient’s needs by providing multidisciplinary, high-quality, patient-centered care.

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016, 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.

“Conemaugh Bariatric Surgery Center has been an accredited Comprehensive Center since 2014,” says Dr. D’Arcy Duke, Bariatric Surgeon, Conemaugh Physician Group - Surgery. “We are committed to helping our patients become healthier by conquering obesity together. In recognition of our commitment to the community and the growth and development of the Bariatric Surgery Center, the American College of Surgeons re-accredited this site for an additional three years.”

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 ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.

To learn more about Conemaugh’s weight management program, visit www.conemaugh.org.

*Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737. DOI:10.1001/jama.292.14.1724.