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University Medical Center earns national accreditation from American College of Surgeons

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:42 PM

The Cumberland Bariatric Institute of Surgical Weight Loss at University Medical Center was recently accredited as a Level 2 facility under the Bariatric Surgery Center Network accreditation program of the American College of Surgeons.  

The accreditation demonstrates the surgery center’s commitment to delivering the highest quality care for its bariatric surgery patients, hospital officials said.  

To earn the accreditation, the bariatric surgeons at University Medical Center met the essential criteria that ensure UMC’s ability to support a bariatric surgical care program and the institutional performance requirements outlined by the BSCN accreditation standards.  Accredited bariatric surgery centers provide both the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of morbidly obese patients and the support and resources necessary to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, both pre- and postoperatively.  

“I appreciate the hard work that the staff at University Medical Center has done not only to obtain accreditation, but also continue to do in the realm of quality patient care,” said Dr. Mark Kent with Cumberland Surgical Specialists. “This is national recognition of the outstanding care that University Medical Center provides in the realm of bariatric surgery. We are proud to share this achievement with the community, and hope that patients continue to trust in University Medical Center for healthcare needs.”

Bariatric surgery centers that are accredited under ACS BSCN program standards are part of the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement Program administered by the American College of Surgeons. In March 2012, the ACS and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery announced plans to combine their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers. This transition is now in process.

ACS BSCN accreditation is awarded in categories, each with its own criteria that must be met.  Facilities undergo a site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the facilities’ structure, process, and data quality.  Because optimal surgical care requires documentation using reliable outcomes measures, accredited bariatric surgery centers are required to report their outcomes data to the MBSAQIP Data Registry Platform.

In the U.S., more than 15 million people suffer from severe obesity, 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.  At the present time, weight-loss surgery provides the only effective, lasting relief from severe obesity.  Therefore, the ACS believes it is of utmost importance to extend its quality initiatives to accrediting bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist the public in identifying those facilities that provide optimal surgical care for patients who undergo this surgical procedure.  

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 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

Cumberland Bariatric Institute, led by Kent and Dr. Nancy Barrett, was established in 2012 and has preformed more than 100 bariatric surgeries at University Medical Center. The Cumberland bariatric team includes multi-disciplinary members that collaborate to provide one-on-one as well as group guidance and support to all patients. Cumberland Bariatric Institute offers a free bariatric seminar each month to anyone interested in the bariatric program. The seminar offers educational information on the six-month program as well pre- and post-surgical expectations.  

University Medical Center is a 245-bed, two-campus acute health care facility with more than 230 physicians on staff. It is fully accredited by the state of Tennessee, as well as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. It is the seventh largest hospital in Middle Tennessee. It has more than 600 full- and part-time employees and is the only acute care hospital in Wilson County.

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