Providence Everett accredited by Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Quality Improvement Program
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett Achieves National Accreditation from the
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program
Hospital meets all criteria as a Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center according to national quality standards established to deliver safe, high quality bariatric patient care
Everett, WA - July 19, 2017- Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions now have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the greater Snohomish County area.
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett today announced its bariatric surgical center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery 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 MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 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.
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the commitment of surgeons who all participate in meetings throughout the year to review surgical outcomes. The goal of this work is to continuously improve and enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center 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 2014, 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.
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.
*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.
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About Providence Regional Center Everett
Providence Regional Medical Center provides medical expertise in the areas of heart and vascular disease, cancer neurosurgery, orthopedics, surgical services, emergency and trauma and host of other medical areas. Providence’s hospital in Everett has been open for almost 110 years and is now a major 501-bed regional referral center. Over the years, it has received national recognition for clinical innovation, quality and value. Today, it’s recognized as one of the largest and most advanced hospitals in the state.
About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.
About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.