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Holy Name Medical Center Receives Accreditation For Bariatric Surgery Program

TEANECK, N.J., April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After completing a comprehensive review of Holy Name Medical Center and the services and facilities associated with its surgical weight loss program, the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has approved Holy Name as an American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® (BSCOE).

BSCOE accreditation ensures the quality, safety and efficacy of bariatric patient care. Facilities with BSCOE approval support best practices for the treatment of morbid obesity and its associated conditions, by offering a broad spectrum of treatment, education and support services.

The American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery's inspection is comprehensive and rigorous. It encompasses meetings with management from a variety of disciplines within the hospital, a review of required documentation and medical charts, an operating room tour, and interviews with staff. 

Facilities that achieve accreditation must demonstrate compliance across a broad spectrum:  
  • Institutional commitment to maintaining excellence in bariatric surgery, including such aspects as administrative support and board-certified bariatric surgeons
  • Satisfactory levels of surgical experience and patient volume
  • A dedicated bariatric surgery medical director and an organized bariatric team, including a bariatric program coordinator
  • Appropriate equipment, instruments and furniture suitable for the morbidly obese patient, allowing for appropriate treatment, personal comfort and a sense of dignity
  • Bariatric policies and clinical pathways to provide standards of care and positive outcomes 
  • Facility-wide in-services to ensure a basic understanding of bariatric surgery and appropriate management and care
  • Patient support groups
  • Long-term patient follow-up

According to Holy Name's Sheryl Slonim, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC, Executive Vice President, Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer. the success of bariatric surgery has as much to do with education, support and follow-up, as it does with the actual surgical procedure.  "Holy Name holds free monthly seminars about surgical options, risks and benefits," she says, "and we conduct an extensive screening process with a bariatric surgeon, registered dietitian and a psychologist to determine eligibility for bariatric surgery."

Dr. Slonim notes that pre- and postoperative support is essential to patient well-being and recovery. She says that by emphasizing post-op healing, lap-band adjustments, individualized nutrition and psychotherapeutic sessions, "we help to prevent side effects and complications, and promote successful long-term outcomes. "

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