• January 24, 2022

    Rome Health’s weight loss surgery program achieves accreditation from the
    Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program®


    MBSAQIP SealPatients seeking surgical treatment for obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving care at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality in the Central New York Region.

    Rome Health’s bariatric surgery center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), announced Medical Director Keneth N. Hall II, M.D., FACS, FASMBS.

    The MBSAQIP Standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, ensure that metabolic and bariatric patients receive multidisciplinary medical care, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. MBSAQIP-Accredited centers offer preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for patients with obesity.

    “The accreditation reflects our team’s shared commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Dr. Hall. “In our final report, the surveyor noted that the dedication to patient care and patient management is readily apparent and everyone involved with the bariatric program has a sense of ownership of the patients under their care, extending across the entire spectrum of care.”

    Rome Health’s commitment to quality care begins with expertly trained staff and the leadership of an experienced bariatric surgeon. The program is tasked with continuous review of surgical data as they continue improving the structure and outcomes expertise necessary to provide safe, efficacious, and high-quality care to all metabolic and bariatric patients.

    To earn MBSAQIP Accreditation, Rome Health met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and patient care pathways, ensuring its ability to support patients with obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its surgical outcomes and identifying opportunities for quality improvement. The MBSAQIP Standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, are published by the ACS and the ASMBS.

    “Dr. Hall has been a beacon of leadership and is well prepared to grow our program with the support of an interdisciplinary team that is committed to delivering the best care, here,” said President|Chief Executive Officer AnneMarie Czyz, EdD., RN, NEA-BC. “The accrediting agency highlighted Dr. Hall’s leadership and the team’s overarching commitment to safety as strengths of the program.”

    After applying for MBSAQIP Accreditation, centers undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon who reviews the center's structure, processes, and clinical outcomes data. Centers that earn accreditation are awarded a specific designation level, depending on how many patients it serves annually, critical care capabilities, the types of procedures provided, and whether it provides care to patients under the age of 18.

    In its first year of operation, Rome Health earned accreditation as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center with the rapid growth in the program, according to the bariatric center’s coordinator Stephanie Miller, RN.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 93 million adults in the United States are affected by obesity and that number continues to increase. The disease of 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, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, among other health risks.

    Metabolic and bariatric surgery has proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to obesity.* Working together, the ACS and the ASMBS have developed accreditation standards for metabolic and bariatric surgery to assist patients with obesity in identifying centers that provide optimal patient care.

    Dr. Hall is accepting new patients at Rome Health Surgical Specialists, which is located at 267 Avery Lane, Suite 300, Rome, on the campus of the Griffiss Business & Technology Park. For an appointment, please call 315.356.7770.

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    *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 Rome Health
    Rome Health is a non-profit health care system based in Rome, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York. From primary and specialty care to long-term care, Rome Health delivers quality, compassionate medical care for every stage of life. We are a comprehensive health care system that connects you to the best clinicians and the latest technologies so they are easily accessible to you and your family. Rome Health is an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Health and an affiliated clinical site of New York Medical College.

    About the American College of Surgeons
    The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for surgical patients. 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 82,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

    About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
    The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) is the largest organization for metabolic and bariatric surgeons in the world, with more than 4,200 members. It is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance the science of metabolic and bariatric surgery. The ASMBS is committed to educating medical professionals and the lay public about metabolic and bariatric surgery, including the associated risks and benefits, as a treatment option for obesity.