What does it mean for a bariatric surgery program to be accredited?
White Rock Medical Center is now accredited with three new designations — placing it in the ranks of only 10 other bariatric surgery programs nationwide.
Safety. Support. Success. These are key features of the bariatric surgery program at White Rock Medical Center — and they’re part of what has led us to become accredited with all three designations:
- Comprehensive center
- Adolescent care
- Obesity medicine
This level of accreditation is so uncommon that only two centers in Texas, and only 11 in the entire country, have achieved it. So, what are the tough standards we had to meet to earn this elite level of accreditation — and, more importantly, how does it benefit our patients?
To earn accreditation, we demonstrated that we’ve committed special resources — including equipment, staffing and executive leadership support — to build a dedicated program. The goal of this commitment is to make sure we’re continuously looking at ways to improve the quality of the care we provide and successful journeys for our patients.
Additionally, having a strong program with dedicated resources and staffing means more support for our patients, including pre-surgical education, nutrition counseling, on-site psychological support, our weight loss app, support groups, and multiple weight loss surgery options.
Dedicated expert team
Accredited programs have a multidisciplinary approach to bariatric surgery and care, under the leadership of a highly trained surgeon.
Our multidisciplinary team includes skilled bariatric surgeons, a registered dietitian, an on-site psychologist and other caregivers, all who have special training and qualifications to help bariatric patients.
This means that every patient has access to an entire team of experts to support the weight loss journey — helping to make the path to success achievable.
Bariatric surgery expertise
What’s in a number? When it comes to bariatric surgery qualifications — a lot! Surgical volumes are the number of times a hospital has done a specific procedure, usually measured yearly. Research shows that surgery centers with higher volumes have better outcomes, less complications, better nursing care and better continuity of care across the patient's entire care journey.
Accredited comprehensive bariatric centers also have higher volumes of bariatric surgeries and follow evidenced-based procedures endorsed by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Our surgeons are able to maintain, and constantly improve, their skills for routine and complex care.
Ongoing investment in quality
Achieving bariatric surgery accreditation is not a one-time effort. In order to keep our accreditation and provide the best possible care for our patients, we’re constantly looking at how we can get better at what we do.
To achieve accreditation, a center must adhere to established best practice standards, provide rigorous reporting regarding medical care, and complete a site visit by the accrediting agency.
For our patients, this means they can feel confident in bringing their care to us.
Special qualifications at White Rock Medical Center’s bariatric surgery program
White Rock Medical Center’s bariatric surgery program earned national accreditation with three designations: comprehensive center, adolescent care and bariatric medicine.
Here’s a breakdown of what these mean:
Comprehensive center: Comprehensive centers have a high level of care available on site, with the ability to provide critical care and intensive care services, endoscopy services, as well as diagnostic and interventional radiology services. This means we can manage complex cases and don’t have to transfer patients out to other facilities in the event that a higher level of care is needed.
Adolescent care: Obesity is the most common chronic disease in childhood. At White Rock Medical Center, adolescent care entails care of those who are 16 or 17 years of age and in need of care for obesity but have not yet turned 18. This care includes a pediatric medical care advisor and behavioral health support.
Obesity medicine is doctor-supervised weight loss that does not include surgery, but rather a multi-faceted plan including nutrition, exercise and counseling. Such a program can also help manage weight maintenance for those who have had surgery in the past. This includes:
- Nutritional counseling.
- Fitness and exercise counseling.
- Behavior and lifestyle counseling.
- Support groups.
- Anti-obesity medication.
- Treatment options for abnormal weight gain.
Ready to start a journey of life-changing weight loss with us?
We couldn’t meet all these tough standards for high-quality patient care if we weren’t truly passionate about helping people achieve life-changing weight loss.
White Rock Medical Center is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) comprehensive center with adolescent and obesity medicine qualifications. MBSAQIP is a joint program from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) that sets standards for bariatric surgery centers.