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Bariatric Surgery Center Receives ACS Accreditation

5/15/2008

High Point Regional Health System (HPRHS) has been approved for Bariatric Surgery Accreditation by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The first bariatric program in North Carolina to achieve this accreditation, HPRHS’s bariatric surgery program was established in 2002, and surgeons Thomas R. Walsh, MD and James Dasher, MD have completed over 650 minimally invasive gastric bypass procedures thus far.

“We are very pleased the ACS has accredited our bariatric surgery program,” said Dr. Walsh. “The benefits our patients are realizing as result of their significant weight loss are remarkable. We have confirmed 60 percent of our patients who had diabetes are cured as a result of their weight loss. Seventy percent of our patients who were being treated for hypertension before the bariatric procedure now have normal blood pressure levels, and stopped taking their medication within a year after they have had the procedure. Sixty-five percent of our patients who suffered from elevated cholesterol are also at a normal level and discontinued taking their cholesterol reducing medication within one year post-op.”

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 patients. Accredited bariatric surgery centers provide not only the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of morbidly obese patients, but also the support and resources necessary to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, including the pre-hospital phase, treatment process and post-operative care.

To attain accreditation, HPRHS was required to undergo onsite verification by experienced bariatric surgeons, who reviewed the program’s structure, process, and quality of data using the current ACS Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program Manual as a guideline in conducting the survey. The accreditation is for three years. For more information about HPRHS’s bariatric surgery program, visit:
www.regionalbariatrics.com.

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