Phoebe Sumter’s Bariatric Program achieves national accreditation

Published 12:25 pm Wednesday, December 19, 2018

AMERICUS — 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 Southwest Georgia.
Drs. Sean Sheff and Jeremy Joyner, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery co-directors at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, recently announced its bariatric surgical center has been fully accredited as a Comprehensive 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 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.
“We are truly honored and proud to have earned the prestigious designation as an accredited comprehensive metabolic and bariatric surgical center,” said Sheff.
“This accreditation is a testament to the entire team’s unwavering commitment to our patients,” Joyner added.
Phoebe Sumter’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and leadership surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process, and outcomes of the center.
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Phoebe Sumter’s Bariatric Program 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 2016, published by the ACS and ASMBS.
“This MBSAQIP designation demonstrates our uncompromising commitment to quality and gives patients assurance that our bariatric program has met the highest standards of the highest governing body of bariatric surgery.” said Brandi Lunneborg, Phoebe Sumter CEO and Corporate Director of Planning and Continuous Improvement for Phoebe Putney Health System. “We are grateful for the exceptional talent of our bariatric team and recognize the contributions of everyone from our board-certified fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons, Sean Sheff, MD, and Jeremy Joyner, MD, to our extensive support staff who have helped make this program a success.”
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.
In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. 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. 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.