Center for Bariatric Surgery earns national accreditation

by Wendy Monday, September 12, 2016

CLEVELAND, OH—(September 12, 2016)—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 the Northeast Ohio area.

Dr. Michael Nowak, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at the Center for Bariatric Surgery today announced its bariatric surgical center has been accredited as Accredited 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, 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.

“Achieving this accreditation is a result of all of the hard work of the multidisciplinary team at the Center for Bariatric Surgery at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center,” said Dr. Michael Nowak, MBS Director and Medical Director of the Center for Bariatric Surgery. “We have a legacy of providing high quality of care for bariatric surgery patients and are driven to continue to do so.”

The Center for Bariatric Surgery at St. Vincent Charity’s 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, the Center for Bariatric Surgery 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.

“St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is very proud of its nearly 20-year history of providing exceptional care for our bariatric patients,” said Dr. David F. Perse, President and CEO. “Our multidisciplinary approach is critical to the success of our more than 8,000 patients.”

Learn more about the Center for Bariatric Surgery by visiting: www.stvincentcharity.com/bariatrics.

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.

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*Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737. DOI:10.1001/jama.292.14.1724.

 

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About St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is Cleveland’s faith-based, high-quality healthcare provider. Our distinguished doctors and caregivers are devoted to treating every patient with clinical excellence and compassionate care. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is home to the renowned Spine and Orthopedic Institute and the Center for Bariatric Surgery. Owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center provides Care Beyond Medicine. For more information, visit www.stvincentcharity.com.

 

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.

Center for Bariatric Surgery Celebrates Patient Success at 16th Annual Recognition Ceremony

by Wendy Monday, May 16, 2016

At St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, we recognize how difficult it is to lose weight and keep it off. That’s why every spring we host a recognition event for all of our bariatric surgery patients who are at least one year out from surgery.

This year’s My New Life Celebration honored Center for Bariatric Surgery patients who underwent weight loss surgery between January 1, 2014 and April 1, 2015. The 47 patients who attended the event on May 6 lost a collective 5,507 pounds—an amazing accomplishment! What’s more is that they have also improved their health, reduced or eliminated medications and have returned to living active lives.  

We had a surprise visit from our former medical director, Dr. Chandra Hassan, who returned from his teaching position in Chicago, to celebrate the accomplishments of our patients--with our patients. Additionally, attendees were able to meet the new faces at the Center for Bariatric Surgery—including Dr. Michael Nowak, Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery.

“Tonight represents the culmination of a long and courageous journey for so many of you,” Dr. David Perse, president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center told the attendees. “There have been hard times no doubt and moments where you wondered if you could do it, if you could continue. Your results prove that what we do and how we do it, helps transform lives.”

A new twist on this year’s celebration was the Care Beyond Medicine awards program. Patients were invited to submit short videos telling us how bariatric surgery changed their lives. Rather than telling us about the numbers on the scale, we wanted to know what they couldn’t do before that they can do now and what it means to their life.

A panel of caregivers from the Center for Bariatric Surgery reviewed the inspiring videos and selected the top 3 submissions to receive a customized prize package. This year’s prizes included:

 ·       A “mini-moon” in Amish Country for a patient who told us that they did not get to take a honeymoon following their wedding a few years ago.

·         A spa gift certificate for a patient who is getting married in the fall

·         2 Cedar Point season passes for a patient who told us about how they are now able to do more activities with their son

We’re so proud of all of our patients who made this important decision to improve their health. Congratulations!

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center chosen as nation's first employer center of excellence for bariatric surgery

by Wendy Friday, January 08, 2016

CLEVELAND, Jan. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- St. Vincent Charity Medical Center has been selected as the first hospital in the country to participate in the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) Employers Centers of Excellence Network for bariatric surgery. Through this contract, St. Vincent Charity will provide weight loss surgery for large national employers, through a prospective bundled payment arrangement.

The agreement took effect January 1, 2016. The selection was made in September 2015, following a competitive nationwide center assessment and selection process. Under PBGH's Employers Centers of Excellence Network (ECEN), covered members of participating employers will be eligible to receive bariatric surgery through a travel surgery program that includes their pre- and post-op services covered through the negotiated bundle payment model.

"Our selection is validation of the quality outcomes of our bariatric program," said Dr. David F. Perse, president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. "Since 1997, St. Vincent Charity has performed more than 7,000 bariatric surgeries. Our success rate is high because our patients are well prepared for the surgery. This is an opportunity for us to help more patients and to improve the health of a wider population," said Perse.

In choosing St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, PBGH noted St. Vincent Charity's clinical expertise and quality, willingness to be a partner and collaborator, commitment to a tailored patient experience, central location in Northeast Ohio, as well as their flexibility and expediency in negotiating comprehensive bundled arrangements. Olivia Ross, Associate Director of the ECEN shared her enthusiasm, "We are pleased to have St. Vincent Charity join the Employers Centers of Excellence Network. We look for nationally recognized, high-quality providers who are eager to pioneer innovative healthcare delivery and payment models. The ECEN leverages provider collaboration to develop evidence-based, patient-centric programs to improve outcomes, increase satisfaction and optimize employer value."

Nationally, more than one-third of the adult population is considered obese (BMI of 30 or greater). With more than 40 obesity associated diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer, the healthcare costs are upwards of $150 billion per year. Bariatric surgery is an option for those with severe or morbid obesity who have not been successful with conventional weight loss methods.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is Cleveland's faith-based, high-quality healthcare provider. Our distinguished doctors and caregivers are devoted to treating every patient with clinical excellence and compassionate care. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is home to the renowned Spine and Orthopedic Institute and the Center for Bariatric Surgery. Owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center provides Care Beyond Medicine. For more information, visit www.stvincentcharity.com.

The Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) is a non-profit business coalition focused on improving the quality and affordability of health care. PBGH represents 60 large health care purchaser members with more than 10 million employees, retirees and dependents. www.pbgh.org @pbgh_updates

Attend a bariatric seminar--virtually

by Wendy Friday, September 05, 2014

The Center for Bariatric Surgery at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is pleased to announce the launch of our new online seminar. Those who are interested in learning more about bariatric surgery but find it difficult to attend one of our live seminars around the area, will be able to conveniently watch the seminar from the comfort of their home.

Dr. Craig Eyman helps patients to understand the condition of obesity. the treatment options and other medical aspects of bariatric surgery. Patients also get to hear from a patient who had surgery discuss how she made her decision and what her experience was like.

To watch the seminar, visit www.stvincentcharity.com/onlineseminar.

 

 

Welcome, Dr. Craig Eyman to Center for Bariatric Surgery

by Wendy Tuesday, January 28, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Craig Eyman, DO, has joined our Medical Staff as a bariatric surgeon in our Center for Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Eyman recently returned from a tour of duty as a U.S. Army surgeon stationed in Afghanistan.

A graduate of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Eyman completed an internship at South Pointe Hospital and his residency at University Hospitals Richmond Hospital, where he served as chief resident.

Board-certified in bariatric and general surgery, Dr. Eyman is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, a fellow of the American College of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).

He joins us from Southwest General Hospital, where he will remain on the Medical Staff, and Parma Community General Hospital. He will be seeing patients in the Center for Bariatric Surgery office, Suite 207 of the Medical Office Building. Appointments can be made by calling 216-592-2801.