"Holy Name Medical Center's efforts help support a culture where we are prepared to manage morbidly obese patients with understanding and compassion," says Dr. Slonim, "and with appreciation for the burdens presented by disease comorbidities."
For hospitals, benefits of accreditation include recognition by The Joint Commission's quality check web site, participation in accreditation-based quality improvement initiatives, and the opportunity to contribute to health systems improvement and the advancement of field knowledge with surgical outcomes and patient trends.
BACKGROUND ON MORBID OBESITY AND BARIATRIC SURGERY
Bariatric surgery is a treatment option for people living with morbid obesity—especially for those who have not experienced long-term weight loss success through other means. Obesity is a chronic disease with symptoms that build slowly over an extended period of time.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines morbid obesity as:
- 100 or more pounds over ideal body weight, or
- Body mass index (BMI ) of 40 or greater, or
- BMI of 35 or greater and an obesity-related condition, such as type 2 diabetes, acid reflux/GERD, heart disease, osteoarthritis and joint pain, high blood pressure, or obstructive sleep apnea
According to data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35.7% of Americans are obese. The National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Institutes of Health, reports that about 113,000 people in the US have bariatric surgery every year.
Often referred to as weight loss surgery, bariatric surgery has transformed the health and lives of many. At Holy Name Medical Center, patients benefit from services that treat the whole person, encouraging lifestyle improvements and giving support before and after surgery. The program is composed of a dedicated multidisciplinary team that provides the highest level of patient care to deliver positive outcomes, with bariatric surgeons who have specialized expertise in obesity and related diseases, and in performing advanced surgical techniques.