Hospital Earns National Accreditation for Bariatric Surgery
AdventHealth Daytona Beach has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) for surgical treatment of severe obesity and its related conditions.
In addition, Dr. Christian Birkedal, a general surgeon and the AdventHealth Medical Group medical director of bariatric services, was recognized as a verified bariatric surgeon through MBSAQIP for the 293-bed Daytona Beach hospital.
Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that studies and treats obesity. This new designation means that AdventHealth Daytona Beach nationally accredited program meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality care for the surgical treatments of severe obesity and its related conditions.
“In the U.S., around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, and the numbers continue to rise,” said Birkedal. “Obesity is a serious health concern, as it 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. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in reducing the comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.”
As a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the MBSAQIP accredits bariatric surgery centers that have undergone an independent and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards.
The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient, improves patient outcomes and long-term success by ensuring that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure. AdventHealth Daytona Beach’s accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care, designed specifically for severely obese patients.
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, AdventHealth Daytona Beach met stringent criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity.
The hospital 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, AdventHealth Daytona Beach underwent an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviewed the programs structure, process, and clinical outcomes data.
“This is an important achievement for our community because it shows AdventHealth Daytona Beach’s dedication and hard work to be a top bariatric program. This designation recognizes that we provide excellent care to our bariatric patients and have excellent outcomes, as measured by the governing body for bariatric surgery,” Birkedal said. “Obesity is a major medical problem, costing billions of dollars annually and causing hundreds of thousands of premature deaths. Our comprehensive bariatric program can help people lose weight and regain their health.”