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A Level 1 ACS Bariatric Center!

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) surveys bariatric programs and holds accredited programs to the highest of clinical performance standards. Centers with the highest level of accreditation, Level 1 centers, must provide complete tertiary care, with resources devoted to bariatric surgery. These hospitals can manage the most challenging and complex patients with optimal opportunity for safe and effective outcomes. These centers will engage all levels of obesity, standards of care for weight loss operations, ages, co-morbid conditions, and re-operations. They will have high volume practices of 125 or more weight-loss operations annually, with at least two credentialed and experienced bariatric surgeons each performing at least 50 primary weight-loss operations annually.

Westchester Medical Center – a Center of Excellence

Westchester Medical Center is an MBSAQIP-Certified Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) combined their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®). MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers. A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice. All accredited centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.

By following all the guidelines to become an accredited center, the surgeons and program demonstrate their commitment to your safety, which is always the primary goal! By choosing to have bariatric surgery at an Accredited Center, you can feel secure that the center is dedicated to your wellbeing and to the field of bariatrics. In addition, WMC is one of the select programs throughout the country that are specifically designated to offer bariatric surgery to qualifying adolescents.

Putnam Hospital Center

Putnam Hospital Center (PHC) is a 164-bed not-for-profit acute care hospital offering the highest quality medical, surgical, psychiatric, pediatric and obstetrical/gynecological care, as well as 24-hour emergency services; a full range of inpatient and outpatient services are offered.  We are a hospital-based bariatric program providing a comprehensive multidisciplinary team approach, facilitating medical clearance for our bariatric surgical patients.

At Putnam Hospital Center we have a designated bariatric unit, which offers all private rooms with state of the art equipment.  Our service utilizes a team approach to patient care that includes surgeons, physician’s assistants, registered nurses and registered dietitians. Together, the team works with patients to help them sustain their weight loss and health following surgery.

Greenwich Hospital

Founded in 1903, Greenwich Hospital is a 206-bed community teaching hospital that has evolved into a progressive regional healthcare center, which provides a wide range of medical, surgical, diagnostic and wellness programs. It is a major academic affiliate of Yale University School of Medicine and a member of Yale New Haven Health. Greenwich Hospital has received national accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program as a comprehensive bariatric surgery program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality care. “This designation is a testament to the dedication and outstanding reputation of our team of experts led by our skilled bariatric surgeons,” said Norman G. Roth, GH president. The bariatric surgery program offers both preoperative and postoperative care to patients, as well as monthly support groups for individuals who undergo weight-loss surgery. The multidisciplinary team works closely with the Center for Behavioral and Nutritional Health to address the physical and emotional needs of each patient.

The language “Level 1 ACS Bariatric Center” is not used anymore. MBSAQIP has joined with ACS and updated the language for accreditation. And the volume requirements for accreditation have changed from what is listed here. From the ACS & MBSAQIP website: On April 1, 2012 The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) combined their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®).

MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers. A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice. All accredited centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.

From MBSAQIP standards:
Designations for Inpatient Centers:  Comprehensive Center – A minimum of 50 stapling procedures annually—approved to perform all approved procedure types (Greenwich Hospital).

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