Eisenhower Earns Accreditation as a Comprehensive Bariatric CenterEisenhower Medical Center recently received full accreditation as a comprehensive bariatric center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).The MBSAQIP is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The program accredits inpatient and outpatient bariatric surgery centers that have undergone an independent and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards.To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Eisenhower 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 2014, published by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.“We are very proud to receive accreditation from the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery,” says Lynn Masterson, MSN, RN, Vice President, Quality, Resource Management and Surgical Services. “Accreditation demonstrates that Eisenhower’s bariatric program has the resources necessary to provide the highest quality care to our bariatric patients.”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, nearly 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.For more information about Eisenhower Medical Center’s bariatric program, including minimally invasive robotic surgery, please call 760-568-1234.