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Weight and Wellness Center Earns National Accreditation from American College of Surgeons

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Signature Healthcare Meets All Criteria as a Level 2 Center According To Quality Standards Established By American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network Program 

The Weight and Wellness Center at Signature Healthcare has been accredited as a Level 2 facility under the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), giving it Center of Excellence status. The accreditation demonstrates Signature Healthcare’s commitment to delivering the highest quality care for its bariatric surgery patients. 

“This accreditation reinforces and validates our dedication and commitment to the community. The Weight and Wellness Center utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to weight loss to ensure the best outcomes,” said Dr. Deborah Abeles, Bariatric Surgeon and Director of Weight and Wellness Center. “Community residents on the South Shore of Boston now have another choice in their healthcare knowing they will receive great care as recognized by the American College of Surgeons.” 

Facilities undergo a site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the facilities’ structure, process, and data quality. Because optimal surgical care requires documentation using reliable outcomes measures, accredited bariatric surgery centers are required to report their outcomes data to the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement Program administered by the American College of Surgeons. 

In the United States, more than 15 million people 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, among other health risks. At the present time, weight-loss surgery provides the only effective, lasting relief from severe obesity. Therefore, the ACS believes it is of utmost importance to extend its quality initiatives to accrediting bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist the public in identifying those facilities that provide optimal surgical care for patients who undergo this surgical procedure. 

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 quality of care for 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 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.