CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
As bariatric surgery volume increased dramatically, particularly after the development of laparoscopic techniques to perform these complex operations, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS), as it was known then, initiated the Center of Excellence program in 2005 to establish clinical guidelines and standards of excellence for surgeons and hospitals in its professional obligation to improve patient safety. Bon Secours Community Hospital was the second hospital in the state of New York to be designated a Center of Excellence, on November 11, 2005. Good Samaritan Hospital received its designation on March 25, 2008.
The American College of Surgeons subsequently created their own program to designate Centers of Excellence, although most programs chose to be credentialed by the ASBS.
Last year, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), as it is currently called, decided to join with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) to create a new program, named Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, or MBSAQIP.
Both Bon Secours Community Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital are currently accredited by the MBSAQIP. The standards established by the ASMBS and the ACS that must be met by programs seeking accreditation are very high and are designed to maximize outcomes while minimizing risks for patients.
The new requirements are very specific in the following areas:
- Volume of surgeries, proper patient selection, proper choice of procedures
- Institutional and Program commitment to quality of care
- Appropriate equipment and instruments throughout the hospital and the Operating Room
- Critical Care Support
- Continuum of care, including patient education, preparation, pre-operative care, post-operative care preferably in a dedicated unit, and long term outpatient follow-up
- Data collection
- Continuous quality improvement
We at the Surgical Weight Loss Institute at Bon Secours Charity Health Systems meet or exceed all of the standards established by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.