Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton Achieves Accreditation for Medical and Surgical Weight Loss From National Organization
BID Milton is the Only Hospital to Achieve Accreditation in Eastern Massachusetts
Milton, Mass. - Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID Milton) announced today that its bariatric surgery center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center with Obesity Medicine Qualifications 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).
“Bariatric surgery adds years to life, and life to years,” said Souheil Adra, MD, FACS, bariatric surgery director at BID Milton. “We are honored to receive this accreditation and are proud that our program is recognized for delivering the highest safety and quality standards to our patients.”
BID Milton offers a comprehensive bariatric surgery program to patients, helping them achieve better health. BID Milton patients are able to receive all care relating to the procedure in the community, including pre- and post-op care. In addition to bariatric surgery, BID Milton’s program also offers a physician-supervised medical weight loss program.
To earn MBSAQIP Accreditation, BID Milton 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 identifying opportunities for quality improvement.
“This is a major achievement for BID Milton which has been earned through the hard work and commitment of our bariatric clinicians,” said Rich Fernandez, president of BID Milton. “This accreditation is a reflection of the high-quality care we offer to our bariatric surgery patients, right in their community.”
The MBSAQIP Standards 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.
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.
Learn more about bariatric surgery at BID Milton.
About Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton (BID Milton) is a member of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals. More than 4,000 physicians and 38,000 employees share in a mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.