EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Patients seeking surgical treatment for obesity and related conditions have a high-quality choice at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.
The bariatric surgery program at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire has been accredited as a Low Acuity 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).
“Our local Mayo Clinic Health System bariatric surgery team is honored to have achieved national accreditation,” says Chris Hower, M.D., medical director of bariatric surgery at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. “We built this program to meet the highest standards of care, and the official recognition from MBSAQIP is validation of our ongoing efforts, quality and patient outcomes.”
The MBSAQIP standards ensure bariatric surgery patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers pre-operative and post-operative care designed specifically for patients who suffer from obesity.
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Mayo Clinic Health System met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semi-annual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.
In September, the Eau Claire program underwent an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviewed the program’s structure, process and clinical outcomes data. The low-acuity designation is available for centers who meet all quality criteria, perform greater than 25 cases per year and provide care to patients 18 years of age or older.
In the U.S., approximately 15.5 million people suffer from obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the number continues to rise. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that commonly are associated with it, such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of co-morbid conditions related to obesity.
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