Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville Recognized for Quality Bariatric Surgery
March 5, 2015 | Jacksonville, FL
Florida Blue has recognized Baptist Center for Bariatrics at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville with a Blue Distinction® Center designation in the area of bariatric surgery as part of the Blue Distinction® Centers for Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities shown to deliver quality specialty care, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community, for patient safety and better health outcomes.
To receive a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery designation, a health care facility must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety as well as bariatric-specific quality measures, including complications and readmissions, for gastric stapling and/or gastric banding procedures. A health care facility must also have earned national accreditations at both the facility level and the bariatric care-specific level.
“We are pleased to be recognized by Florida Blue for our patient safety and health outcomes,” said general surgeon Craig Morgenthal, MD, FACS, medical director of the Baptist Center for Bariatrics. “Bariatric surgery is increasingly becoming recognized as the most effective treatment for morbid obesity and can improve or resolve medical problems related to obesity, such as diabetes and high blood pressure and can reduce the risk of developing heart disease and several types of cancer.”
Baptist Center for Bariatrics is designated as a Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement program, signifying the center meets strict standards with a focus on the overall health of the patient.
Bariatric procedures are among the most common elective surgeries in the U.S. There were 179,000 bariatric operations performed in 2013, according to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. It is estimated that 72 million Americans are obese and 24 million suffer from morbid obesity, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The estimated annual health care costs of obesity-related illnesses are $190.2 billion, or nearly 21 percent of annual medical spending in the U.S., according to the Journal of Health Economics.
In response to the rising number of obese Americans, Baptist Health enhanced the Baptist Center for Bariatrics last August. The renovated floor includes 20 beds for bariatric patients in private rooms equipped with specially designed furniture, spacious bathrooms and ceiling lift equipment.
“We want to ensure the patient has the best possible experience while they’re in the hospital and throughout their journey,” Dr. Morgenthal said.