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An exterior shot of TBHC with the MBSAQIP accreditation seal.
An exterior shot of TBHC with the MBSAQIP accreditation seal.
  • Hospital News

    The Brooklyn Hospital Medical Center’s Weight Loss Center Achieves Important National Accreditation

    May 22, 2018

    Downtown Brooklyn site meets all criteria as a Comprehensive Center according to national quality standards established to deliver high-quality bariatric care

    Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care right in Downtown Brooklyn.

    Pratibha Vemulapalli, Chair of the Department of Surgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Medical Center (TBHC), today announced that its Weight Loss 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).

    The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016 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.

    “We are very pleased to have earned this important and meaningful accreditation,” says Dr. Vemulapalli. “It is our mission to deliver high quality bariatric intervention, as well as hope for a new, healthier life to all those in our community and throughout the borough who need it.”

    TBHC’s Weight Loss Center demonstrates its commitment to quality care with appropriately trained staff and the leadership surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.

    To earn the MBSAQIP designation, The Weight Loss Center met essential criteria for staffing, training and 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, 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 ACS and ASMBS.

    For more information about bariatrics at TBHC, contact 718.250.8920 or bariatric@tbh.org.