PALMDALE – Palmdale Regional Medical Center’s bariatric surgery center has been accredited as a comprehensive center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
“This is our third round of accreditation by the ASMBS/ACS within the last 10 years,” said Dr. John Yadegar, Medical Director of Palmdale Regional’s Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical Program. “Our goal is to continue the advancement of the bariatric program to the highest level possible for all our patients and to help bring resolution to this debilitating disease.”
MBSAQIP-accredited centers offer preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for patients with obesity. After applying for MBSAQIP accreditation, centers undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon who reviews the center’s structure, processes, and clinical outcomes data. Centers that earn accreditation are awarded a specific designation level, depending on how many patients it serves annually, critical care capabilities, the types of procedures provided, and whether it provides care to patients under the age of 18.
“This accreditation acknowledges that Palmdale Regional Medical Center upholds the highest bariatric surgical standards,” said Nana Deeb, Chief Executive Officer at Palmdale Regional.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 93 million adults in the United States are affected by obesity. 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, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgery has proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to obesity. Working together, the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery have developed accreditation standards for metabolic and bariatric surgery to assist patients with obesity in identifying centers that provide optimal patient care.
[Information via news release from Palmdale Regional Medical Center.]