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National Reaccreditation Achieved For Bariatric Surgery Services

January 3, 2019

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 in the greater Iowa area. 

Bariatric Program Coordinator at Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics announced its bariatric surgical center has been reaccredited 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).  Iowa Specialty Hospital received its original accreditation in September 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.

Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics partners with Iowa Weight Loss Specialists and its surgeon Todd Eibes, MD, who had this to say, “When a patient makes the choice to have weight loss surgery, they are making a lifelong commitment to the changes necessary for success.  As a team, we want our patients to have long-term success, and that is why we believe in a comprehensive team approach. From mental health to dietitians, from initial consultations to post-surgical follows, we partner with our patients every step of the way.  This reaccreditation puts an official seal on the not only our program, but how we believe in supporting patients for their success.”

Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics 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, Iowa Specialty 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.

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.  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.

Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics, located in north central Iowa, offers focused, specialized care with a compassionate touch. With campuses in Belmond and Clarion, and outreach clinics in Boone, Clear Lake, Fort Dodge, Hampton, Webster City and West Des Moines, they employ over 600 employees and over 60 providers and specialists.  Medical services include bariatrics, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, pain management, family practice, and a wide array of specialty services. 

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