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Why Choose a MBSAQIP Accredited Bariatric Surgery Program?

By Joyce Norwood May 19, 2022 Posted in: Weight Management

The goal of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (chi) is to help promote safe, top-quality care for patients undergoing bariatric surgery at a surgical center.

Patients seeking surgical treatment for obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice to receive care at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality in our region.

CHI Health Immanuel is MBSAQIP Accredited

Dr. Michael Hovey, CHI Health Bariatric Surgery Medical Director, recently announced that CHI Health Immanuel achieved a Comprehensive Center accreditation and was formally acknowledged by MBSAQIP for our commitment to providing and supporting quality improvement and patient safety efforts for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients. As an accredited program, we have demonstrated that our center meets the needs of our patients by providing multidisciplinary, high-quality, patient-centered care.

To earn MBSAQIP accreditation, CHI Health Immanuel met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and patient care pathways, ensuring its ability to support patients with obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its surgical outcomes and identifying opportunities for quality improvements. To maintain their certification, MBSAQIP centers are reaccredited every 3 years.

Continued quality improvement through MBSAQIP accreditation contributes to the success and safety of our program. With more than 240 bariatric surgery procedures performed each year and over 30 years of experience, our surgeons and clinical staff provide individualized attention to our patients along with the latest options for bariatric surgery. After surgery, you have follow-up visits with the surgeon and dietitian to help you obtain your weight loss goals.

Support Groups

We offer virtual support groups twice a month. Support groups are great and give you a safe space for asking questions and getting guidance. You receive the added support of other people who are going through or have gone through similar experiences. Each person’s journey with weight loss surgery is unique and individualized. Besides the support groups, you will be able to communicate with your weight management team and other patients through our Baritastic app and our private Facebook page.

Other Benefits of CHI Health Weight Management

CHI Health Weight Management also has the following designations:

  • Blue Distinction
    • Blue Distinction Centers for bariatric surgery provide a full range of bariatric surgery care, including post-operative care, outpatient follow-up care and patient education. These centers have lower complication rates and fewer readmissions. The demonstrate quality care, treatment expertise and better overall patient results.
  • Optum
    • CHI Health Immanuel is also a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (COE) for providing cost-effective, quality health care to patients receiving bariatric surgery and other related services that address the long-term health risks associated with morbid obesity. You receive the designation after completing a rigorous qualification process that takes many factors into consideration, including a history of delivering excellent health outcomes as measured by fewer health complications, hospital readmissions and reoperations rates for bariatric procedures, and a more cost-effective manner.

By choosing CHI Health Immanuel's Weight Management program for your weight loss surgery, you can be confident you are receiving the highest quality care.

Joyce Norwood
Joyce Norwood

Joyce is the CHI Health Bariatric Surgery Clinical Reviewer. She is a graduate from Omaha College of Health Careers and attended the University of Nebraska, Kearney. Joyce spends the majority of her time reviewing surgery cases for the program’s accreditation (Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program).  The program follows patients from the day of surgery through their lifetime.  To Joyce, the most rewarding part of her job is to see the progress patients make to become a healthier version of themselves.

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