CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute – Westover Hills Achieves National Accreditation December 09, 2015

The CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute – Westover Hills (CWLI – WH), known for its high-quality surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions, is now a nationally accredited program. The Weight Loss Institute has achieved Comprehensive Center accreditation for meeting the highest standards for patient safety and quality care.

Leading our clinical team of professionals, including a nurse coordinator, dietician, and behaviorist, is CWLI – WH Medical Director Richard Peterson, MD, MPH - Associate Professor of Surgery, President of the Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery and Chief of the UT Medicine Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.

“At the CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute, we provide a holistic approach to patient care,” said Dr. Peterson. “Our clinical team forms a support structure which brings compassionate care that extends well beyond the initial surgery.”

The Comprehensive Center designation falls under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, CWLI – WH met essential criteria to ensure bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The institute also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, as well as identifies opportunities for continuous quality improvement.

“I am proud of our team of bariatric specialists for this achievement,” said Jeff Bourgeois, FACHE, president and administrator, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Westover Hills. “The accreditation recognizes that the preoperative and postoperative care at the institute provides a life-changing program for severely obese patients.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 15.5 million Americans suffer from severe obesity, 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.

Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.* For more information about the CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute – Westover Hills or to schedule a free seminar, call 210.438.8446 or visit http://christussantarosa.org/weightloss .