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Hospital surgery program earns accreditation

March 24, 2016
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A hospital's metabolic and bariatric surgery program in the region has earned accreditation as a Comprehensive Center from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, or MBSAQIP.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s said last month that it received the designation in partnership with Grand Health Partners.

The hospital's program offers pre-operative and post-operative care designed specifically for severely obese patients.


To earn the accreditation, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s had to undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the program's structure, process and clinical outcomes data.

Mercy Health Saint Mary's met essential criteria for training, staffing and facility infrastructure, as well as protocols for care.

MBSAQIP is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The MBSAQIP standards ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multi-disciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success.

The hospital 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.


Mercy Health Saint Mary’s said that it has an inter-disciplinary team that consists of certified bariatric nurses, bariatricians — internists who specialize in bariatric surgery — dietitians, behaviorists, exercise physiologists, mid-level providers and surgeons who practice exclusively in the field of bariatric surgery.

Several surgeons provide care for bariatric patients at Mercy Health Saint Mary's: Dr. Paul Kemmeter, medical director of bariatric surgery; Dr. James Foote; Dr. Derek Nagle; Dr. Randal Baker; and Dr. Jeremy Bushman.

“Our dedicated team of professionals receives specialized training to care for the bariatric surgery patient," said Cathy Flier, bariatric program coordinator, Mercy Health Saint Mary's.

Severe obesity

In the U.S., about 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, and the numbers continue to increase, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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