Centerpoint Medical Center August 08, 2018

Centerpoint Medical Center today announced its bariatric surgical center, The Center for Bariatrics at Centerpoint Medical 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). Sigi Joseph, M.D. is the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at The Center for Weight Loss and Bariatrics at Centerpoint Medical Center. Centerpoint Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider.

Patients in eastern Jackson County seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions now 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 Kansas City area. 

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016, 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.

“For many, the keys to controlling a healthy weight lie in sound dieting and exercise,” Dr. Joseph says. “But for those who fall into the category of morbid obesity, diet and exercise alone aren't enough to get their weight under control. The weight management and surgical weight loss services we provide at The Center for Weight Loss and Bariatrics, which include tools, education and support, can help people reduce their risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and many other health complications.”

“Centerpoint Medical Center’s commitment to quality bariatric care begins with highly trained staff and surgeons who participate in multi-disciplinary meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes,” says Centerpoint Medical Chief Executive Officer Brett Kolman. “They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes for our patients.”

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, The Center for Weight Loss and Bariatrics at Centerpoint Medical 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 2016, published by the ACS and ASMBS.

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, approximately 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. 

For more information about Centerpoint Medical Center and its robust family of services, including world-class bariatric care, visit https://centerpointmedical.com.