The St. Luke's Cornwall Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery is accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®)
St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital's Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center 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).
The SLCH Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery is led by Medical Director Wayne Weiss, MD, FACS and Jennie Drexler-Ferraioli RN, MSN, CCRN, Director of the Bariatric Program. SLCH officially launched the service in January 2015, which has grown tremendously in its first two years, treating patients throughout the Hudson Valley at the hospital’s Newburgh and Cornwall campuses. With this accreditation, patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving care at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the greater Hudson Valley Region area.
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at SLCH includes Sleeve Gastrectomy, Lap-Band Surgery as well as Gastric Bypass. The team provides patients with continued support and information throughout their weight loss journey, including extensive preoperative and postoperative education.
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. SLCH’s accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their bariatrics patients.
The SLCH Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes.
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, SLCH met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility, infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. SLCH’s Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016, published by the ACS and ASMBS.
After submitting an application, centers seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center's structure, process, and clinical outcomes data. Centers are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides, and whether it provides care for patients under age 18. SLCH received outstanding remarks from its survey earlier this year, which included acknowledgement of the team’s leadership and excellent clinical outcomes.
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