North Las Vegas, NV (June 6, 2018) – North Vista Hospital announced today its bariatric surgical center
has been accredited as a Comprehensive 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).
“Bariatric surgery, or surgical weight loss, can be life-changing
for patients struggling to manage type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure
and other obesity-related conditions that prevent them from living their
best lives,” said Bernadine Hanna, M.D., Metabolic and Bariatric
Surgery Director at North Vista Hospital. “Our patients trust us
to provide them with the best care available, that’s why we are
proud to have achieved these important quality recognitions.”
The MBSAQIP Standards 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.
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, North Vista Hospital met essential criteria
for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care,
ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The hospital
was also visited by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviewed the
center’s structure, process and clinical outcomes data. 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 MBSAQIPResources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016, published by the ACS and ASMBS.
“This accreditation distinguishes North Vista Hospital as among an
elite group of hospitals nationwide that meet the highest standards for
patient safety and quality of care for bariatric patients,” said
Vincenzo “Vince” Variale, Chief Executive Officer. “We
are pleased to provide patients a high-quality choice for receiving treatment
at a nationally accredited program.
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.
*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.
About North Vista Hospital
North Vista Hospital is a 177-bed, state of the art hospital located in
North Las Vegas, Nevada serving the greater Las Vegas Valley since 1959.
The hospital is part of the Prime Healthcare Corporation and is located
at 1409 E. Lake Mead Boulevard. North Vista Hospital offers comprehensive
healthcare services, including emergency care, heart care, surgical weight
loss, wound care, diagnostic imaging and mental health. Equipped with
the most advanced medical technology, and staffed by a team of highly
skilled healthcare professionals, North Vista is committed to always providing
exceptional care and performance. We deliver patient-centered healthcare
with compassion, dignity, and respect for every patient and their family.
We are honored to be trusted partners who serve, give back and grow with
our communities. For more information, please visit
www.northvistahospital.com or call (702) - 649-7711.
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
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.