Adirondack Health weight loss program earns national quality designation
SARANAC LAKE – 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 care in northern New York.
Dr. Michael Hill, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at Adirondack Health, announced its bariatric surgical center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). In addition, Dr. Hill is designated a Verified Surgeon through MBSAQIP.
The MBSAQIP Standards ensure bariatric surgical 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 their patients.
“Our commitment to quality care is a deliberate process that involves the entire medical team who conducts a comprehensive review of individual cases so we can continually achieve better outcomes in all areas of care,” said Dr. Hill. “From the initial meeting with the patient, to the follow-up appointments after surgery – the bariatric program at Adirondack Health supports the patient for life.”
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Adirondack Health met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and protocols for care, supporting the ability to care for patients with severe 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.
“Providing exceptional, high-quality care to our patients and residents is an inseparable part of the culture at Adirondack Health,” said Sylvia Getman, President & CEO of Adirondack Health. “I’m so proud to be a part of a great team focused on providing the best care possible for our patients, which is reflected in our ability to meet or exceed state and national standards of care in numerous areas.”
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 often increases the risk of other diseases and conditions commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks.
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CAPTION: The staff of the Bariatric Surgical Center at Adirondack Health include Jessie Ano, RN, and Kim Branch, RN, front seated, left to right; Carol Eldridge, back row, left, and Jamie Smith, front office staff; Karen Hixson, Adult Nurse Practitioner; Dr. Michael Hill, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director; Cassie Baillargeon, Registered Dietitian; Judy Strack, RN, and Dan Hill, Program Director.