Sartori Memorial Hospital Achieves National Accreditation from Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

posted 3/9/2017 in News

Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice in the greater Cedar Valley area for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.

J. Matthew Glascock, MD, F.A.C.S., Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at Sartori Memorial Hospital, announced its bariatric surgical center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center 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 MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016 ensure 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.

“Achieving The American College of Surgeons national recertification as a Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center is a true testament to the ongoing dedication displayed by the staff of The Midwest Institute of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery and Sartori Memorial Hospital,” said Dr. Glascock.

“While this designation is certainly an endorsement of the quality of care we provide, what is more telling is the fact that within the walls of this rural hospital, we safely provide world-class surgical care for patients with exceptionally complex conditions. This fact is the real proof that we have a truly unique program made possible only through the dedication of our team.”

Sartori Memorial Hospital’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership 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, Sartori Memorial Hospital 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 MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016, published by the ACS and ASMBS.

“As the surveyor identified, this program has excellent outcomes with very few complications, which are attributable to Dr. Glascock’s exceptional skills and the team work associated with this program. The team at Sartori Memorial Hospital is committed to caring for this population of patients and takes pride in being recognized with this accreditation,” said Mary Jo Kavalier, Vice President of Operations and site administrator of Sartori Memorial Hospital.

After submitting an application, 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. Centers are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides, and whether it provides care for patients under age 18.

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 health risks.

Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid 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.

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The Midwest Institute of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery Team

Back Row L to R : Lisa Coleman, Jason Jampoler, Dr. Glascock, Maria Farmer, Cindy Page, Hanna Nuss, Stephanie Sokoloski Front Row L to R: Mary Hall, Kim Franzen, Deb Dunnick, Kayla Frana
*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.