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Griffin Bariatrics Achieves National Accreditation

By Janet Maurice on 3/14/2016

Griffin Hospital program meets all criteria as a Center of Excellence for Bariatrics according to national quality standards established to deliver safe, high quality bariatric patient care

Griffin Bariatrics, of Derby, CT, has been recognized for meeting the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care and is recommended as a high-quality choice for patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions.

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), has accredited Griffin Bariatrics as a Center of Excellence for bariatric surgical methods, including gastric banding, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve.

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.

“We are very honored to be named a Center of Excellence,” said Griffin Bariatrics surgeon Rishi Ramlogan, MD. “We are committed to providing our patients the best possible care in a safe environment so they can be empowered to make dramatic changes in their health. This honor is a tribute to the dedication of all the staff members who put our patients first.”
Griffin Bariatrics commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the 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, Griffin Bariatrics 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.

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 writing about Griffin Bariatrics in his summary report, auditor Dr. Barry Greene, Advanced Weight Loss Surgery, in Rockland, MD, stated, “The pride that the Griffin community has in the bariatric program is a tremendous strength which engenders the hospital wide engagement in quality patient care, compassionate interactions and a culture of quality improvement.”

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.

About Griffin Hospital Bariatrics

Griffin Hospital launched Griffin Bariatrics to help patients achieve and maintain dramatic, life-changing weight loss and live healthier lives. Focusing not only on the surgery itself, but also on patients’ needs both before and after surgery, Griffin Bariatrics is geared toward long-term success. Its surgeons specialize in Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and Lap-Band® adjustable gastric banding surgery. Both pre- and post-operatively, Griffin Bariatrics offers patients a full continuum of care, including exercise programs, support groups, nutritional and behavioral counseling, education, and diagnostic imaging services to lose and maintain weight loss. For more information on Griffin Bariatrics programs and services, or to pre-register for a free seminar, visit griffinhospitalbariatrics.com or call toll-free 888.657.9252.

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.


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