"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