RSFH Bariatric Surgery Center Certified Best in South Carolina

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Bon Secours St. Francis, in Charleston, S.C., now ranks as one of six hospitals in the nation to achieve elite TJC certification in bariatric services.

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Kenneth Mitchell, MD, Medical Director of Roper St. Francis Bariatric and Metabolic Services

In achieving Joint Commission certification, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its bariatric surgery patients. Jean Range, The Joint Commission.

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital earned The Joint Commission’s(TJC) Gold Seal of Approval for its bariatric surgery program this month and is now the first hospital in South Carolina with a bariatric surgery program certified at this level.

The hospital earned Disease-Specific Care Certification in bariatric surgery by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care.

St. Francis now ranks as one of six hospitals in the nation to achieve such certification in bariatric surgery.

To earn The Joint Commission’s top certification, BSSF underwent a rigorous on-site review March 13. A Joint Commission expert evaluated the program for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

The Joint Commission’s executive summary included no review findings, the shortcomings that preclude programs from earning certifications. To read the BSSF TJC report, click here.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its bariatric surgery patients," says Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ , executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

According to Roper St. Francis Bariatric and Metabolic Services Medical Director Dr. Kenneth Mitchell, the Joint Commission certification speaks to the time, energy and resources invested in the bariatric surgery program.

"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down,” says Mitchell. “The accreditation provides a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence. Achieving Joint Commission certification in bariatric surgery, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

The bariatric surgery program at St. Francis Hospital also celebrated its second anniversary in March. The team, which has performed nearly 300 surgeries, works to improve chronic disease, improve a patient’s quality of life and help restore energy levels.

“The accomplishments we have achieved in this short time frame are inspiring, and with these achievements comes great responsibilities,” says Mitchell. “Our pledge is to work hard, stay dedicated to our mission and be totally committed to our patients.”

About Roper St. Francis Healthcare
Roper St. Francis Healthcare is the Lowcountry’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare provider. The 657-bed system comprises more than 90 facilities and services in seven counties. Member hospitals include Roper Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital and Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital, each of which is accredited by The Joint Commission. Our active medical staff is made up of more than 800 board certified physicians. The group includes Roper St. Francis Physician Partners, an expansive network of more than 200 physicians who offer primary care and 20 subspecialties. Roper St. Francis Healthcare is routinely recognized for excellence in patient care by national organizations and agencies such as BlueCross BlueShield, the Commission on Cancer, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, Thomson Reuters, U.S. News & World Report, Consumer Reports and more. With more than 5,200 employees, RSFH is Charleston’s largest private employer, and the system consistently scores in the superior category for patient and physician satisfaction. http://www.rsfh.com

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