– Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related
conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally
accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety
and quality of care on the Eastern Shore.
Atlantic General Hospital announced Atlantic General Bariatric Center has
been accredited as a Center of Excellence under the Metabolic and Bariatric
Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint
program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society
for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The center was originally
accredited in August of 2015.
The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the
Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016 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 preoperative and postoperative care
designed specifically for their severely obese patients.
“We’re very honored to have received this designation. Our
team is very deserving of this accolade as they strive each day to provide
patients with the level of quality care they deserve in a safe, caring
environment,” commented Dr. Alae Zarif, Medical Director of Surgical
Services at Atlantic General Bariatric Center.
Atlantic General Bariatric Center’s commitment to quality care begins
with appropriately trained staff and the leadership of 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 center.
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, the bariatric 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 semiannual reports
on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities
for continuous quality improvement. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIPResources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016, published by the ACS and ASMBS.
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.
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. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because
of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such
as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other
Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective
in the reduction of conditions related to severe obesity.* 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.
If you are in search of any of these services or would like to learn more,
please visit our website at
www.atlanticgeneral.org. To make an appointment, call 410-641-9568.
*Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic
Review and Meta-analysis.
JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737. DOI:10.1001/jama.292.14.1724.
About Atlantic General Hospital
Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the
residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) counties
since May 1993. Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated
community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin, Md.,
combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology
and services. It provides quality specialty care such as weight loss surgery,
orthopedics, outpatient infusion for individuals with cancer or blood/autoimmune
disorders, retina surgery and a comprehensive women’s diagnostic
center. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 40 primary
care providers and specialists, care for residents and visitors throughout
the region. For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit
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
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.