Baptist Receives First Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation In Central Mississippi

Friday, March 20, 2015

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Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions now have a choice to be treated at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in central Mississippi.

Baptist Medical Center has been granted full accreditation as a comprehensive bariatric facility by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) of the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. This makes Baptist Medical Center the first accredited center in central Mississippi.

The MBSAQIP surveyor stated the biggest asset was the experience and dedication of the staff.
 And, Erin Cummins, MD, Baptist metabolic bariatric surgery director for the program added, “We have demonstrated our program meets the needs of our patient by providing and supporting quality improvement and patient safety efforts for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients. As an accredited program, we have demonstrated our center focuses on patient-centered care by providing an experienced, qualified and skilled multidisciplinary team.”

This accreditation demonstrates Baptist’s commitment to delivering the highest-quality care for bariatric surgery patients. To earn the accreditation, Baptist met the criteria ensuring its ability to support a bariatric surgical care program and measure up to the institutional performance requirements outlined by the national program’s accreditation standards.

Baptist Surgeon Matt Jones, MD, added, "Using accredited programs is a way patients can verify a practice has resources necessary for optimal care. So, we are excited to be recognized with this honor for our excellence at Baptist.”

Accredited bariatric surgery centers provide both the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of morbidly obese patients and the support and resources necessary to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, both pre- and post-operatively.

MBSAQIP accreditation is awarded in categories, each with its own criteria that must be met. Facilities undergo a site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the facilities' structure, process, and data quality. Because optimal surgical care requires documentation using reliable outcomes measures, accredited bariatric surgery centers are required to report their outcomes data to the MBSAQIP Data Registry Platform.

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 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.

Baptist Nutrition and Bariatric Center is part of Baptist Health Systems in Jackson, Miss. It offers a wide range of medically supervised programs, including bariatric surgery, that an help you reach a healthy weight, manage chronic diseases affected by your diet and overall develop a healthier lifestyle. Visit or call 601.973.1624 for more information.

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.


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