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Parkview Health achieves accreditation from Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

FORT WAYNE, IND. – APRIL 28, 2021 – Parkview Health has earned accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program® (MBSAQIP), a joint effort of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Parkview’s bariatric surgery program operates under Parkview Physicians Group (PPG) – Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery, and procedures are completed at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

The MBSAQIP standards ensure that metabolic and bariatric patients receive multidisciplinary medical care, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. MBSAQIP-accredited centers offer preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for patients with obesity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 93 million adults in the United States are affected by obesity, and that number continues to increase. The disease of 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, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, among other health risks.

Metabolic and bariatric surgery has proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to obesity. Working together, the ACS and the ASMBS have developed accreditation standards for metabolic and bariatric surgery to assist patients with obesity in identifying centers that provide optimal patient care.

“Bariatric surgery is about more than weight loss. It’s about supporting a healthier lifestyle,” said Matthew Pfister, MD, PPG - Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery. “This accreditation is a demonstration of our commitment to offering customized, comprehensive care for each individual. Whether it’s through surgical or non-surgical means, we offer care and support that leads to long-term success.”

To earn MBSAQIP accreditation, Parkview Regional Medical Center and PPG - Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and patient care pathways, ensuring their ability to support patients with obesity. They also participate in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of surgical outcomes and identifies opportunities for quality improvement.

“Quality care leads to quality outcomes for our patients,” added John Bowen, president, Parkview Regional Medical Center and Affiliates. “The bariatric surgery program is one of many ways we support patients with unhealthy weight and related conditions. We are proud of this recognition of our team’s commitment to providing high-quality care.”