Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Institute for Weight Loss Achieves National Accreditation

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Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions 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 Central New Jersey area.

Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, NJ, recently announced the Institute has been accredited as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

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 Institute offers pre- and post-operative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

“The goal of our program has always been to provide patients with complete and comprehensive services to not only lose weight, but also make a lifestyle change to keep the weight off,” said Dr. Adeyeri. “This important accreditation confirms that we are providing our patients with the necessary comprehensive care and support services required to help them achieve their weight loss goals and maintain their health and well-being.”

The Institute for Weight Loss’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained Raritan Bay Medical Center staff, including a nurse navigator, and the leadership surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the Institute.
To make an appointment or to learn more about weight loss surgery at a free seminar, call the Institute at 1-855-TIME-4-ME.

The MBSAQIP is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). To earn the MBSAQIP designation, the Institute met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The Institute 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, facilities seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center's structure, process, and clinical outcomes data. Facilities 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 U.S., 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 Raritan Bay Medical Center
With hospitals in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) is a New Jersey state-designated primary stroke center, a recipient of the American Stroke Association/American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines® - Stroke Silver Plus Performance and Heart Failure Gold Performance Achievement Awards, recognizing the optimal care of stroke and heart failure patients respectively. RBMC is also a recipient of the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients experiencing severe heart attacks. RBMC is one of a few hospitals in the world to achieve Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence three times. The Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at RBMC provides some of the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services. Among its flagship programs are the Human Motion Institute, a comprehensive musculoskeletal program, and Institute for Weight Loss, specializing in bariatric surgery. For more information, visit http://www.rbmc.org. For a free physician referral, call 1-800-DOCTORS.

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.

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