Published: 07/07/2011

Evangelical Community Hospital Bariatric Services Receive Accreditation from American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network


Evangelical Community Hospital’s Bariatric Services, including its weight-loss surgery, program have earned accreditation from the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Programs with bariatric surgery accreditation, such as the one offered by Evangelical, not only promote uniform standard benchmarks, but also support continuous quality improvement. This prestigious designation means that patients are ensured the highest level of care through Evangelical’s Bariatric Surgery Program.

As a Level 2 accredited facility, Evangelical has met the essential criteria that ensure it is fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery care program and that its institutional performance meets the requirements outlined by the ACS BSCN Accreditation Program.

Accredited bariatric surgery centers, like the one at Evangelical, provide not only the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of most morbidly obese patients, but also the support and resources that are necessary to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, from the prehospital phase through the postoperative care and treatment process.

“The American College of Surgeons reports that in the United States, more than 11 million people suffer from severe obesity, and the numbers continue to increase,” Christopher Motto, MD, FACS, Evangelical’s bariatric surgeon noted. “Furthermore, obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. We at Evangelical are proud to be recognized by the ACS in this way, and are pleased to offer this high level of care for bariatric patients.”

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 2005 in an effort to extend established quality improvement practices to all disciplines of surgical care, the ACS BSCN Accreditation Program provides confirmation that a bariatric surgery center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality care for its bariatric surgery patients.

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 care of 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 77,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

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