North Las Vegas, NV (June 6, 2018) – North Vista Hospital announced today 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).
“Bariatric surgery, or surgical weight loss, can be life-changing for patients struggling to manage type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and other obesity-related conditions that prevent them from living their best lives,” said Bernadine Hanna, M.D., Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at North Vista Hospital. “Our patients trust us to provide them with the best care available, that’s why we are proud to have achieved these important quality recognitions.”
The MBSAQIP Standards 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.
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, North Vista Hospital met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The hospital was also visited by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviewed the center’s structure, process and clinical outcomes data. 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.
“This accreditation distinguishes North Vista Hospital as among an elite group of hospitals nationwide that meet the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care for bariatric patients,” said Vincenzo “Vince” Variale, Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to provide patients a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program.
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.
*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 North Vista Hospital
North Vista Hospital is a 177-bed, state of the art hospital located in North Las Vegas, Nevada serving the greater Las Vegas Valley since 1959. The hospital is part of the Prime Healthcare Corporation and is located at 1409 E. Lake Mead Boulevard. North Vista Hospital offers comprehensive healthcare services, including emergency care, heart care, surgical weight loss, wound care, diagnostic imaging and mental health. Equipped with the most advanced medical technology, and staffed by a team of highly skilled healthcare professionals, North Vista is committed to always providing exceptional care and performance. We deliver patient-centered healthcare with compassion, dignity, and respect for every patient and their family. We are honored to be trusted partners who serve, give back and grow with our communities. For more information, please visit www.northvistahospital.com or call (702) – 649-7711.
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
The 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.