Baptist Center for Bariatric Surgery accredited by national board focused on quality and safety
November 4, 2013 | Jacksonville, FL
The Baptist Center for Bariatric Surgery is now accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
Only centers meeting strict standards with a focus on the overall health of the patient receive the accreditation, which is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Requirements include performing at least 125 surgeries in a calendar year, having a dedicated medical director, offering support groups and providing long-term follow-up to ensure patients are staying on the right track to a healthy lifestyle.
“We’re treating the weight, but most importantly we’re treating the medical problems people have or will have if they don’t address their obesity,” said Craig Morgenthal, MD, FACS, medical director of the Baptist Center for Bariatric Surgery.
Most patients who have a bariatric surgery at Baptist are able to stop taking medications for high-blood pressure and cholesterol once their weight is in check, Dr. Morgenthal said.
When a person is considering bariatric surgery at Baptist Health, the patient has a one-on-one meeting with a counselor to discuss weight and other health issues. In some cases, a concerted effort on a healthy diet and an exercise plan can alleviate the need for surgery. Other patients, with input from Baptist Health surgeons and counselors, opt for a surgery.
Before a patient can be scheduled for surgery, he or she is required to attend a support group for people who have undergone a bariatric procedure.
“We’ve seen the dramatic improvements weight loss surgery can have on people’s lives, but it takes a serious commitment from the patient to lead a healthy lifestyle and truly realize the benefits of the procedure,” said Michael Mayo, president of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. “We want them to have the knowledge and support to make a positive change in their weight and their overall lifestyle.”
The accreditation also reflects Baptist Health’s commitment to being open and accommodating to patients and family members of patients who are obese and may need special accommodations. For example, the hospital invested more than $25,000 into furniture in common areas and in patient rooms, including chairs that support up to 500 pounds and do not have arms on the sides.
“We are focused on providing high-quality, compassionate care to residents of Northeast Florida, and giving them to tools to take control of their own health,” Mr. Mayo said. “We are honored to receive this recognition of our quality standards and are looking forward to providing this life-altering procedure to people who may not have been able to receive it before.”