American College of Surgeons Designates EMMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Program as a Level 1 Accredited

09/18/2012

American College of Surgeons Designates EMMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Program as a Level 1 Accredited Bariatric Center
9/18/2012

Bangor, Maine – For more than 30 years, EMMC’s Surgical Weight Loss Program has been serving patients with a total approach to weight loss that encompasses nutritional education, physical therapy, professional counseling, peer support and a nationally recognized surgical program. Earlier this month, the program was recognized as a Level 1 facility by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons. This designation means that EMMC has met the essential criteria that ensures it is fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery care program and that its institutional performance meets the requirements outlined by the ACS BSCN Accreditation Program.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 2005 in an effort to extend established quality improvement practices to all disciplines of surgical care, 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 surgery 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 that are necessary to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, from the pre-hospital phase through the post-operative care and treatment process.