Saratoga Bariatric Surgery & Weight-Loss Center Earns National Accreditation

Saratoga Hospital Program Now an MBSAQIP Accredited Center – Comprehensive

Saratoga Bariatric Surgery & Weight-Loss Center, a service of Saratoga Hospital, has been granted full accreditation as a comprehensive bariatric facility by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

The “comprehensive” designation—the highest available from MBSAQIP—signifies that Saratoga Bariatric Surgery & Weight-Loss Center meets rigorous standards for bariatric care. The designation also indicates that the Saratoga program provides the resources necessary to meet the needs of bariatric patients, both pre- and postoperatively.

MBSAQIP is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. ACS and ASMBS recently combined their separate national bariatric surgery accreditation programs to establish one national accreditation standard under MBSAQIP.

“This accreditation reflects our commitment to provide the highest quality care for our bariatric patients—at every stage of their weight-loss journey,” said Dmitri Baranov, MD, PhD, FACS, medical director, Saratoga Bariatric Surgery & Weight-Loss Center.

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 using reliable outcomes measures, accredited bariatric surgery centers are required to report their outcomes data to the MBSAQIP Data Registry Platform.

“MBSAQIP accreditation is an objective measure of the quality of our bariatric program,” said Dr. Richard Falivena, vice president and chief medical and physician integration officer at Saratoga Hospital. “It enables patients to verify that we meet the highest national standards, have excellent outcomes and are vested in our patients’ success and satisfaction.”

More than 15 million Americans suffer from severe obesity and, as a result, face serious and potentially fatal health risks. Currently, bariatric surgical procedures provide the only effective, lasting relief from severe obesity. Therefore, ACS and ASMBS believe it is of utmost importance to extend their quality initiatives to accrediting bariatric surgery centers to help the public identify facilities that provide optimal care for patients who undergo this surgical procedure.

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