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DeKalb Medical Achieves National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

August 29, 2016

For Immediate Release

DeKalb Medical Achieves National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

Atlanta, GA – DeKalb Medical continues to be a leading provider of high quality surgical treatment for patients with severe obesity and its related conditions.  The  Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSQQIP) has recognized our hospital for meeting national quality standards established to deliver safe, high quality bariatric patient care.

Scott Steinberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., Vice Chief of Staff and board certified surgeon, announced its bariatric surgical center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Surgical Weight Loss 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.

“We work with our patients to determine the best surgical procedure.” said Dr. Steinberg. “Our board certified surgeons and staff are committed to patient safety, ensuring the highest quality care for each patient throughout the entire process.” DeKalb Medical offers patients a choice in their approach to weight loss, including: Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and LoopDS

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, the Surgical Weight Loss Center 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.

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About DeKalb Medical

DeKalb Medical offers more than 700 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties. The not-for-profit health care system consists of three campuses -- DeKalb Medical at North Decatur, DeKalb Medical LTAC at Downtown Decatur, and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale—as well as the DeKalb Medical Physicians Group with 115 providers in more than 50 locations in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. Founded in DeKalb County in 1961, DeKalb Medical is an established and active member of the community, offering a variety of award-winning, accessible services, including joint replacement, long-term acute care, surgical weight loss, mammography, heartburn solutions and more. The Maternity Center is the first in Georgia to receive the international “Baby-Friendly” hospital designation. The Cancer Center has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. To learn more about DeKalb Medical, please visit our website: www.dekalbmedical.org.

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.

For more information, contact: 

Margaret Harrison

404-501-2885

Margaret.harrison@dekalbmedical.org

2701 North Decatur Road Decatur, GA 30033
404.501.1000
Patient Inquiries: 404.501.5200

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