University Hospital Achieves MBSAQIP Accreditation

In a significant milestone for the healthcare community in San Antonio, University Hospital has been awarded the prestigious Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) designation. This accreditation reflects the hospital's unwavering commitment to providing exceptional care and ensuring patient safety for individuals undergoing metabolic and bariatric surgery.

“A MBSAQIP accreditation for University Hospital formally acknowledges your commitment to providing and supporting quality improvement and patient safety efforts for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients,” said Dr. Richard Peterson, co-chair of the MBSAQIP Standards and Verification Subcommittee. “As an accredited program you have demonstrated that your center meets the needs of your patients by providing multidisciplinary, high-quality, patient-centered care.

To receive the MBSAQIP accreditation, University Hospital’s weight-loss surgery program underwent a rigorous evaluation process by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). This assessment included a comprehensive review of the hospital's infrastructure, surgical procedures, staff qualifications, and patient outcomes. The hospital successfully met stringent criteria, affirming its commitment to adhering to best practices and ensuring patient safety.

The accreditation is good through September 30, 2025.

“The attainment of MBSAQIP accreditation is a testament to University Health’s commitment to excellence,” said Dr. Kent Roderick Van Sickle, MD, metabolic and bariatric surgery director. “We consistently demonstrate our dedication to achieving excellence in healthcare delivery, ensuring the best possible outcomes for patients seeking metabolic and bariatric surgery, which is confirmed by this outside designation.”

One key requirement of MBSAQIP accreditation is the establishment of a highly skilled and collaborative multidisciplinary team. University Hospital assembled a group of experts in metabolic and bariatric surgery, including surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, nutritionists, and psychologists to work in unison to provide comprehensive care, tailoring treatment plans to each patient's unique needs and ensuring their well-being throughout the surgical journey.

Obesity is Common and Serious

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 93 million adults in the United States are affected by obesity and that number continues to increase. The disease of 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, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgery has proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to obesity.*

*Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737. DOI:10.1001/jama.292.14.1724.

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