Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Named Comprehensive Center by American College of Surgeons

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Center meets all national quality standards to deliver safe, high quality bariatric care

WEYMOUTH, MA - (July 23, 2018) – – South Shore Hospital’s Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, part of South Shore Health System, has received accreditation as a Comprehensive Center by meeting essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity.

The designation was made by 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).

“When we started this program, our expectation was to provide comprehensive care for anybody interested in weight-loss surgery on the South Shore,” said Neil Ghushe, MD, FACS, Brigham and Women’s Surgical Associates and Director of South Shore Hospital’s Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. “Our team has worked incredibly hard to bring that goal to a reality.”

The South Shore Hospital Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery is offered in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Surgical Associates. The program includes state-of-the art surgical treatment as well as a team of experts who provide long-term nutritional and behavioral health support – a key component to long-term weight-loss success.

“The surgery is just one step in a long process to weight-loss,” Ghushe said. “It takes the work of a lot of people to make sure a patient is successful in navigating through their weight-loss journey. This accreditation reaffirms to people interested in weight-loss surgery that they have a trusted partner here on the South Shore.”

As part of being named a Comprehensive Center, South Shore will also participate in a national data registry that yields semi-annual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.

Since April, 2017, the South Shore Hospital Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has performed more than 100 weight-loss surgeries.

 South Shore Hospital’s Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Named Comprehensive Center by American College of Surgeons

Caption: Front Row pictured (l-r): Emile Pires, RPh, Pharmacist; Rachel Blum, RPh, Pharmacist; Debra Shaw, RN, OR Service Line Coordinator; Susan Wood, Executive Director, Surgery; Neil Ghushe, MD, Director of Center for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery; Lindsay Bettencourt, RD, Clinical Dietician; Sharon Perkins, RN, Clinical Educator; Lisa Raymond, RD, Manager, Clinical Nutrition

Back row pictured (l-r): Lisa Murphy, RN, MA, NE-BC, Nurse Manager, PACU ; Alison Johnston, RN; Sandy Krall, RN - Nurse Manager , Emerson 4; Frederick Millham, MD, Chief of Surgery; Carol Shea, RN, Clinical Abstractor, Bariatric Surgery; Angela Walsh, RN, Support Group Lead.

Not pictured: Lana Chentsova, RN, CBN, NP, Program Manager

 

About South Shore Health System

South Shore Health System is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable health system that provides acute care, ambulatory care, and home health services to the 700,000 residents of Southeastern Massachusetts. It is the parent organization of South Shore Hospital, South Shore Medical Center, South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, South Shore NeuroSpine, and other not-for-profit health organizations.

About South Shore Hospital

South Shore Hospital is a 370-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of trauma, emergency, and acute care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital is a part of South Shore Health System, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable health system. South Shore Hospital’s 900-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs approximately 5,000 people, supported by a team of 600 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. South Shore Hospital has been designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center. Please visit SouthShoreHealth.org for more information.

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.