Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) June 01, 2016
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 Atlanta area.
Christopher Hart, MD, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at Atlanta and General Bariatric Surgery Center, today announced its bariatric surgical center 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 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.
“This important designation affirms the outstanding care and services provided at Atlanta General & Bariatric Ambulatory Surgery Center, and 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.” says Dr. Christopher Hart. “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. The entire bariatric surgery team should be commended for their team effort and attention to detail along with the quality and compassionate care that they provide to each patient, which is truly changing lives every day.”
Atlanta General and Bariatric Surgery Center’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. They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Atlanta and General Bariatric Surgery Center 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.
"We are proud of our outstanding outcomes and quality in bariatric medicine. Accreditation is an important way for patients to verify that a practice has access to all the key resources necessary for optimal care." says Christy Lee, Administrator of Bariatric Surgery at AGBASC. "As bariatric specialists, we are committed to thorough preparation and lifelong follow-up care for our patients, which maximizes the benefits of surgery and the patients' chances for success."
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.
About Atlanta and General Bariatric Surgery Center:
Atlanta General and Bariatric Surgery Center is the first and only free standing comprehensive general surgery center in Johns Creek. The state-of-the-art surgery center is owned by Dr. Chris Hart, Dr. William Johnson and Dr. Michael Williams who have been committed to serving the area since 2001. Our surgery center is designed to provide extraordinary outpatient surgical care in a relaxed, personal atmosphere. We perform all outpatient surgery related to General Surgery including advanced laparoscopic procedures in the abdomen, treatment of acid reflux disease, weight loss surgery, breast surgery, and many other outpatient operations. Atlanta General and Bariatric Surgery Center is a licensed facility by the State of Georgia, is CMS certified, and holds a "deemed status" of accreditation through AAAHC.
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.