October 17th, 2016

Sellersville weight-loss center meets all criteria as a Data Collection Center according to national quality standards established to deliver safe, high quality bariatric patient care

Patients in Bucks and Montgomery counties seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and 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 – the Grand View Health Bariatric & Metabolic Institute.

Michael K. Fishman, MD, bariatric surgeon and program director at the Institute today announced its bariatric surgical center has been accredited as a “Data Collection Center” under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

“Our team is thrilled to be recognized as an accredited Data Collection Center by the American College of Surgeons and American Society for Metabolic Surgery,” said Bariatric Surgeon and Program Director, Michael K. Fishman, MD. “This accreditation reaffirms the growing success of our program to offer healthy weight-loss options for members in our community that struggle with obesity and obesity-related conditions.”

The Grand View Health Bariatric & Metabolic Institute’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and an experienced bariatric surgeon. Dr. Fishman has successfully performed more than 350 laparoscopic bariatric cases since his Fellowship at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, the Grand View Health Bariatric & Metabolic Institute met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, published by the ACS and ASMBS.

In the Grand View Health service area, more than 265,000 people suffer from obesity, according to the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by Public Health Management Corporation in partnership with Grand View Health. 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, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.*

To learn more about the Grand View Health Bariatric & Metabolic Institute go to gvh.org/bariatric or call 215-453-3400.

*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.

About Grand View Health

Grand View Health is a community health system that has served generations of Bucks and Montgomery County residents since 1913. Committed to leading the community to a healthier future, Grand View offers inpatient and outpatient services in the areas of cancer, cardiology, orthopaedics, post-acute care, surgery and women’s and children’s health. For more information, visit gvh.org.

 About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.