RMC Achieves National Accreditation in Bariatric Surgery
The Regional Medical Center’s (RMC) Surgical Weight Loss Center has received national accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®) as a high-quality program that meets highest standards for patient safety.
||The RMC Surgical Weight Loss Center has received national accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. From left: Interim Surgical Weight Loss Center Coordinator Sheri Hughes, RN, BSN; Leslie Player, RN; Surgical Weight Loss Patient Charlotte Wofford, BSN, RNC-OB; Sandra Chaplin, ACNP; and Surgical Weight Loss Center Medical Director Dion Franga, MD, FACS, RPVI.
“This certification acknowledges that the Regional Medical Center has demonstrated an uncompromising commitment to quality,” said Medical Director of the RMC Surgical Weight Loss Center Dion Franga, MD, FACS, RPVI. “RMC’s dedication to quality in the Surgical Weight Loss program has earned the confidence, respect and trust of patients making a lifetime decision to improve their health.”
RMC has been accredited as a Low Acuity Center under the MBSAQIP, a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
The MBSAQIP Standards ensure that 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- and post-operative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.
RMC’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the RMC Surgical Weight Loss Center.
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, the RMC Surgical Weight Loss Center met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support 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. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, published by the ACS and ASMBS.
Before receiving weight loss surgery, patients at RMC are invited to a free seminar in addition to evaluations with a certified clinical psychologist and a diet and nutrition specialist to determine if the patient is a candidate for weight loss surgery. Before, during and after the procedure, support groups are available to help patients connect with others also on their journey through surgical weight loss.
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. A center is awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients they 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. According to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s 2014 Coordinated Chronic Disease Fact Sheet, the tri-county area measures above the state average of 32% for obesity, with 41% of the population being obese in Orangeburg County, 36.6% in Calhoun County, and 41.7% in Bamberg County.
Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. DHEC’s 2015 Leading Causes of Death Fact Sheet lists the leading cause of death in Orangeburg County as cancer, followed by heart disease; with heart disease being the leading cause of death in both Bamberg and Calhoun counties.
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.
The RMC healthcare system includes a 286-bed, acute-care hospital and 22 primary care and specialty care practices. RMC is certified by The Joint Commission, and in addition to being certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, RMC is a DHEC designated Level III Trauma Center. RMC is clinically affiliated with MUSC Health, South Carolina’s most nationally recognized and comprehensive academic medical center, to further enhance select healthcare services for patients in the region.
About the Regional Medical Center
About the American College of Surgeons
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.
About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
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.