On Friday, officials announced that the Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare Bariatric Program had earned national accreditation for its quality standards in bariatric patient care.
“The Las Palmas Del Sol Bariatric Program’s main goal is to help individuals overcome the disease of obesity and get on track to living the healthiest lifestyle possible,” Jorge Acosta, M.D., medical director of the Las Palmas Del Sol Bariatric Program, said. “The recent accreditation affirms the bariatric program’s commitment to the highest level of patient support and care throughout their weight loss experience.”
The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) awards accreditation to healthcare organizations, like Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare, which meet all criteria for its national quality standards.
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.
Roughly 15.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of related diseases and conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, among others.
Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.
“We know that weight loss surgeries and procedures can be intimidating. The Las Palmas Del Sol Bariatric Program is equipped with well-trained staff, state-of-the-art technology and quality resources to support weight loss patients with the care they deserve,” David Shimp, chief executive officer of Del Sol Medical Center, said. “Achieving accreditation from the MBSAQIP affirms the bariatric program’s dedication to delivering high-quality experiences for our weight loss patients in El Paso and surrounding communities.”
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, the Las Palmas Del Sol Bariatric Program met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with obesity.
The program 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 2016, published by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
For more information on the Las Palmas Del Sol Bariatric Program, please visit the program’s website