Maine Medical Center Earns Special Approval For The Quality Of Its Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center
MMC receives Level 1A accreditation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS)
Portland, ME -Maine Medical Center's Weight & Wellness Program has received a Level 1A ACS Accredited Bariatric Center accreditation today from the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network (ACS BSCN) Accreditation Program.
Maine Medical Center is the only hospital in New England to receive both Level 1A accreditation for its Inpatient Bariatric services as well as ACS BSCN accreditation for its Outpatient Bariatric Surgery Center.
The ACS BSCN Program accredits facilities in the United States that have undergone an independent, voluntary, and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards.
With the expanded range of facilities now engaged in bariatric surgery-from full service inpatient hospitals to outpatient facilities-ACS BSCN Accreditation symbolizes institutional commitment and accountability for safe, high-quality surgical care, as evidenced by the documentation of performance indictors and the measurement of outcomes.
Unlike other bariatric quality improvement certification programs, in which site reviewers are allied health professionals, the site reviewers for the ACS BSCN are all experienced bariatric surgeons who are Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. Site reviewers have expert knowledge in the management and operations of multidisciplinary bariatric surgery programs and data collection. These surgeons have undergone training specific to ACS BSCN accreditation, and they are experienced in conducting peer-reviewed site visits.
In order to be a Level 1A ACS Accredited Bariatric Center, hospitals must have demonstrated they have the capacity to manage and have committed resources to provide complete bariatric surgical care. These hospitals have high-volume practices and can manage the most challenging and complex patients. These centers engage patients at all levels of obesity and set standards of care for weight-loss operations, ages, comorbid conditions, and re-operations.
In the United States, the cost to take care of the more than 104 million people who suffer from obesity is estimated at $150 billion dollars. The co-morbidities associated with obesity range from diabetes and heart disease to certain types of cancers.
Bariatric surgical procedures have been shown to reduce obesity, improve mortality and decrease the health risks from chronic diseases such as cardiomyopathy and diabetes. The ACS BSCN Accreditation Program recognizes those facilities that implement defined ACS BSCN standards of care, document their outcomes and participate in regular reviews to evaluate their bariatric surgical programs.
Maine Medical Center's Weight & Wellness Program is one of the most experienced programs in the Region having performed over 1700 hundred successful weight loss surgeries since it opened its doors in 1999.
For more information on Bariatric Surgery, call 1-866-268-9274 or visit www.mmc.org/bariatricsurgery.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 74,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.
Maine Medical Center (MMC) is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1864, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing more than 6,000 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in southern, central, and western Maine.
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