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Pardee's Bariatric And Weight Loss Program Receives Accreditation


Last updated 8/4/2021 at 5:32pm

Pardee UNC Health Care Bariatric and Weight Loss has received Comprehensive Center of Excellence accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accred-itation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

The national accreditation is reserved for bariatric care programs that meet the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.

The MBSAQIP is a joint Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

As an MBSAQIP accredited center, Pardee ensures bariatric surgery patients receive a multidisciplinary program, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. Additionally, Pardee offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

“Pardee is committed to providing the high-quality care for our patients,” said Chris Edwards, M.D., FACS, a board-certified and fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon, and medical director of Pardee Bariatrics and Weight Loss. “Certification by MBSAQIP is one of the ways that we ensure we maintain the highest standards and achieve the best possible results for individuals suffering from obesity.”

Pardee’s commitment to quality care begins with expertly trained staff and the leadership of an experienced bariatric surgeon. The program is tasked with continuous review of surgical data to continue improving the structure and outcomes expertise necessary to provide safe, efficacious, and high-quality care to all metabolic and bariatric patients.

To earn MBSAQIP Accreditation, Pardee 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 improvement. The MBSAQIP Stand-ards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, are published by the ACS and the ASMBS.

After applying for MBSAQIP Accreditation, centers undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon who reviews the center’s structure, processes, and clinical outcomes data. Centers that earn accreditation are awarded a specific designation level, depending on how many patients it serves annually, critical care capabilities, the types of procedures provided, and whether it provides care to patients under the age of 18.

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.


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