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Weight loss and bariatric program receives national accreditation at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Alamo Heights August 15, 2016

The Surgical Weight Loss Center at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Alamo Heights has achieved national accreditation, making it a high-quality choice for patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions.

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Alamo Heights today announced the Hospital’s 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).

“It’s not just surgery, but a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program that we offer our patients,” said LaNell Scott, Chief Nursing Officer, CSRH – AH. “The preoperative and postoperative care is centered around the individual, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success.”

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, CSRH—AH met essential criteria for staffing, training, 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, as well as identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.

In the United States, approximately 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. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Alamo Heights’ Surgical Weight Loss Center joins the Weight Loss Institute at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Westover Hills in receiving accreditation for their bariatric programs.

“On behalf of the Hospital leadership team, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the Surgical Weight Loss team and the outstanding physician leadership team for their commitment to quality care, said Julie Seale, administrator. “That level of care begins with appropriately trained staff and surgeons who take great pride in treating the whole person, not just the weight issue alone.”