Wesley Healthcare August 08, 2018

Wesley Woodlawn Bariatric Surgery Center meets all criteria as a comprehensive center according to national quality standards established to deliver safe, high-quality bariatric care

WICHITA – Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment in southcentral Kansas. Wesley Woodlawn Bariatric Surgery Center now is a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.

Wesley Woodlawn’s Bariatric Surgery 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 and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

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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 severely obese patients.

“This center has demonstrated an uncompromising commitment to quality that has earned the confidence, respect and trust of patients making a lifetime commitment to healthier living,” said Nicholas Brown, MD, Wesley Woodlawn Bariatric Surgery Center medical director.

To earn MBSAQIP designation, the 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.

After submitting an application, centers seeking MBSAQIP accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center's structure, process, and clinical outcomes data. Centers are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides, and whether it provides care for patients under age 18.

“This prestigious and hard-earned accreditation for Wesley Woodlawn formally acknowledges our commitment to providing the highest efforts in quality and patient safety for our bariatric surgery patients,” said Tripp Owings, CEO of Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER. “Thanks to Dr. Brown and the entire team for working so hard to create a center of excellence for our patients.”

In the United States, about 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, 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.

Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity. Working with American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the American College of Surgeons expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.

Wesley Woodlawn Bariatric Surgery Center offers a world-class weight-loss program that includes experienced bariatric surgeons, a program coordinator, a dietician and a dedicated nursing staff all in a convenient, private and state-of-the-art facility. In addition to the non-invasive gastric balloon and endoscopic suturing procedures, the program offers minimally invasive options for surgical weight loss – gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric banding. Prospective patients can learn more about the program by attending a free seminar online at www.wesleybariatric.com

Wesley Healthcare is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley Medical Center treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with the Wesley ER, Wesley West ER, Wesley Woodlawn ER, Wesley Derby ER, and the region’s only pediatric ER. Wesley owns and operates Wesley Medical Center, Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, multiple WesleyCare clinics and the region’s only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

About the American College of Surgeons

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 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.