Crouse’s bariatric program achieves national accreditation

The bariatric (weight loss) surgery program at Crouse Health has been re-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 and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The MBSAQIP standards ensure that bariatric surgery patients receive care from a multidisciplinary team of providers, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. MBSAQIP-accredited centers focus on tracking outcomes of patients who undergo bariatric surgery and providing continuous quality improvement processes to make sure patients receive the highest level of care.

“This is the definitive ‘seal of approval’ in our field, and it tells patients that we meet the highest standards for patient safety and quality,” said Crouse’s program co-medical director Jeff DeSimone.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Crouse’s bariatric surgery program met strict criteria for staffing, training, and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity.

Bariatric centers seeking MBSAQIP accreditation undergo an extensive site visit that includes a review 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.

“We are proud to have earned this accreditation for the third time,” said co-medical director Ken Cooper. “Achieving this accreditation reflects the level of commitment our bariatric team has in achieving both quality outcomes and patient satisfaction as our patients go through their weight-loss journey.”

Crouse’s weight-loss surgery program started in 2012. Last year, more than 350 patients chose to have their weight loss surgery at Crouse.