Patients seeking surgical treatment for obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving care at a nationally accredited program. Palmdale Regional Medical Center meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality in the greater Antelope Valley area.
Dr. John Yadegar, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Medical Director at Palmdale Regional Medical Center, announced today that its bariatric surgery center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
The MBSAQIP Standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, ensure that metabolic and bariatric patients receive multidisciplinary medical care, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. MBSAQIP-Accredited centers offer preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for patients with obesity.
“This is our third round of accreditation by the ASMBS/ACS within the last 10 years,” said Dr. Yadegar. “It’s a testament to the deep-rooted and unwavering commitment of our entire bariatric team to our patients, and to achieving ongoing excellent outcomes. Our goal is to continue the advancement of the Bariatric Program to the highest level possible for all our patients and to help bring resolution to this debilitating disease. We currently use advanced robotic technology to perform the bariatric operations. I’m greatly indebted to all our dedicated staff for this great achievement.”
Palmdale Regional Medical Center’s commitment to quality care begins with expertly trained staff and the leadership of an experienced bariatric surgeon. The program is tasked with continuous review of surgical data as they continue improving the structure and outcomes expertise necessary to provide safe, efficacious and high-quality care to all metabolic and bariatric patients.
To earn MBSAQIP Accreditation, Palmdale Regional Medical Center met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and patient care pathways, ensuring its ability to support patients with obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its surgical outcomes and identifies opportunities for quality improvement. The MBSAQIP Standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, are published by the ACS and the ASMBS.
“This accreditation enables us to reach the highest of quality care with extensive engagements of all disciplines,” said Nana Deeb, Chief Executive Officer at Palmdale Regional. “This comprehensive program has been set up to support our local community with the best resources in Los Angeles County. This accreditation acknowledges that Palmdale Regional Medical Center upholds the highest bariatric surgical standards.”
After applying for MBSAQIP Accreditation, centers undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon who reviews the center's structure, processes and clinical outcomes data. Centers that earn accreditation are awarded a specific designation level, depending on how many patients it serves annually, critical care capabilities, the types of procedures provided and whether it provides care to patients under the age of 18.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 93 million adults in the United States are affected by obesity and that number continues to increase. The disease of 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, cardiovascular disease and cancer, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgery has proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to obesity.* Working together, the ACS and the ASMBS have developed accreditation standards for metabolic and bariatric surgery to assist patients with obesity in identifying centers that provide optimal patient 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.