UTICA – Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the greater Mohawk Valley area.
William Graber, MD, director of metabolic and bariatric surgery and weight loss surgeon at Mohawk Valley Health System, announced that the MVHS bariatric surgical center achieved national accreditation as a comprehensive center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. “This accreditation formally acknowledges MVHS’s continued commitment to providing quality care and supporting patient safety efforts for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients,” said Dr. Graber.
“Our accredited program works hard to address the needs of those affected by the disease of obesity – through multidisciplinary, high-quality, patient-centered care. It is our honor and privilege to continue to provide safe and effective treatments in this community, in a program whose excellent patient outcomes are nationally recognized.”
The program ensures that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, which improves patient’s outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers pre-operative and post-operative care designed specifically for its severely obese 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. Working with ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.