NATICK – MetroWest Medical Center announces that once again, its surgical weight loss program is named a Comprehensive Center according to 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 program Standards ensure bariatric, or severely obese surgical patients, participate in a comprehensive multidisciplinary program in addition to their surgical procedure.
This improves patient outcomes and long-term success in weight reduction. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for bariatric patients.
”According to the National Institutes of Health, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity in the United States” said Andrew D. Harding, CEO of MetroWest Medical Center. “Type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, fatty liver, and other health risks are associated with obesity and we want to help reduce the number of patients with these diseases”.
MetroWest Medical Center’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership of the surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. They seek to continuously improve and enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center and program.
Having the designation means MetroWest Medical Center meets essential criteria for personnel, training, facility infrastructure and protocols for care while ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity.
The center also participates in a national data registry which yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.
Members of the community can reserve a spot at one of MetroWest Medical Center’s monthly information sessions on weight loss surgery.
The sessions take place once a month at 5:30 p.m. in the HELM Auditorium, located on the 2nd floor at the Leonard Morse Campus in Natick.
For dates and more details, please call 800-872-5473 or visit www.mwmc.com/weightloss
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.
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.
MetroWest Medical Center is the largest community health care system between Worcester and Boston. It provides comprehensive acute care services in two locations: Leonard Morse in Natick and Framingham Union in Framingham. MetroWest Medical Center is committed to meeting the health care needs of the area residents by providing advanced medicine and personalized care, right in the local community.