TMH Earns New Surgery Accreditation Related to Severe Obesity

TMH Earns New Surgery Accreditation Related to Severe Obesity

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare recently announced their newly earned accreditation by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®).

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) created a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers, the MBSAQIP.

According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, these types of surgery are an effective and long-lasting treatment for severe obesity resulting in significant weight loss and the improvement, prevention, or resolution of many related diseases. In addition, studies show bariatric surgery may reduce a patient’s risk of premature death by 30-50%.

Some examples of the procedures which qualify under the MBSAQIP are adjustable gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy.

The American College of Surgeons website states that a bariatric surgical center must undergo a rigorous review process to become accredited. It must prove that it can maintain specific physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice. Additionally, all certified centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.

The accreditation by the MBSAQIP holds TMH to a higher standard for its bariatric surgery patients, ensuring they receive multidisciplinary medical care that offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for patients with obesity.

“We’re thrilled to earn accreditation from the MBSAQIP,” said Dr. Alexander Ramirez, the director of TMH’s Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Program. “It’s a testament to the high standards of our colleagues at TMH and the Metabolic Health Center. We work to provide the highest quality care to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients in need of weight loss treatment or those who suffer from metabolic health conditions.”

TMH has three experienced surgeons, Alexander Ramirez, MD, FACS; Eliot Sieloff, MD, FACS; and Joey Jarrard, MD, FACS, who perform many bariatric surgeries.

“Earning MBSAQIP accreditation is a major accomplishment for our staff and our entire organization,” said Dr. Joey Jarrard, a bariatric surgeon at TMH. “To earn this accreditation, we went through a rigorous accreditation process and had to provide an abundance of surgical data from our bariatric surgical program to demonstrate how TMH patients receive the safest and most effective surgical treatment.”

One Response to "TMH Earns New Surgery Accreditation Related to Severe Obesity"

  1. This is great news for all those religious right fatties who abhor science. Now science can get them to lose weight fast. As long as that science doesn’t contradict the world being created yesterday, it’s all okay. Thank you, Jesus!

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