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Friday, July 15, 2011 - Hospital, Surgeons Recognized for Quality Bariatric Care
Hospital, Surgeons Recognized for Quality of Bariatric Care
The Munson Medical Center and Grand Traverse Surgery program receives renewal designation as a ‘Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®’
 
Munson Medical Center and surgeons from Grand Traverse Surgery, PC, recently received renewal designation as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®.
 
Surgeons recognized include Roche Joseph Featherstone, MD; David Kam, MD; Michael Anthony Nizzi, DO; and Steven Slikkers, MD. The designation from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery follows a thorough review of the hospital’s program and physician practices.
 
“Renewal of our Center of Excellence confirms the quality of care our patients receive in the program,” said Nizzi, medical director for the program. “Surgeons at Grand Traverse Surgery and Munson Medical Center are committed to providing high quality bariatric services on the same level as the most respected programs in the country. Our patients should remain confident that they are receiving the most advanced care possible.”
 
Medical research continues to find evidence that bariatric surgery provides effective treatment for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and obstructive sleep apnea.
 
“Surgery for severe obesity goes way beyond weight loss,” said Kelvin Higa, MD, president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. “This surgery results in the complete remission or significant improvement of type 2 diabetes and other life-threatening disease in most patients.”
 
First achieving Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence recognition in 2008, Munson Medical Center and the surgeons continue to meet the qualifying standards examined through a rigorous evaluation process. Hospitals and surgeons must demonstrate and document through short- and long-term outcomes that they have a comprehensive program and meet the established program requirements for providing safe bariatric surgical care.
 
Hospitals designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence must perform at least 125 bariatric surgeries per year, while surgeons must have accomplished at least 125 bariatric surgeries during their career and 50 bariatric surgeries per year. There were 341 bariatric procedures performed at Munson Medical Center by Grand Traverse Surgery surgeons in 2010. They have performed more than 2,000 procedures since the program began in 2003.
 
Requirements call for the hospital to have a dedicated multi-disciplinary team that includes surgeons, nurses, medical consultants, nutritionists, psychologists and exercise physiologists. Surgeons and staff understand that behind the staggering statistics on obesity are real men and real women who struggle daily with the physical and emotional distress of being severely and dangerously obese.
 
Since August 2003, Munson Medical Center has offered a permanent weight loss solution through bariatric surgery to eligible patients who pass a thorough screening process. Bariatric procedures are not for everyone. Patients qualify for the surgery only if they’ve convincingly demonstrated the required commitment, motivation, education, and medical history. The team of bariatric surgeons performs procedures if surgery is indicated as the best choice for the patient’s health, and if the patient commits to a lifetime of follow-up care, including following guidelines on diet, exercise, and vitamin supplements.
 
“In recent years, obesity has finally become recognized as a multiple organ disease process,” Nizzi said. “No other intervention can compare with the dramatic resolution of multiple comorbidities that is achieved with bariatric surgery. Insurance carriers have finally recognized that weight reduction surgery, although an expensive short-term intervention, provides significant long-term savings through healthier patients. The cosmetic outcome should be merely viewed as a favorable side-effect.”
 
Comprehensive after care is a cornerstone of Munson Medical Center’s bariatric program. In addition to continued monitoring by physicians, bariatric patients find tremendous comfort by meeting with other patients who have undergone the surgery at the hospital. Support groups meet regularly to provide information and encouragement, and are a vital component of the program.
 
Grand Traverse Surgery surgeons perform three types of bariatric surgeries: the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, the LAP-BAND® procedure, and the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy.
 
Obesity has been characterized as the second leading cause of unnecessary death in the United States. In a 2008 report by the Michigan Department of Community Health, 65.3 percent of Michigan adults were either overweight or obese and the state had the eighth highest prevalence rate of obesity in the nation. The Centers for Disease Control reported in August 2010 that no state met the Healthy People 2010 obesity target of 15 percent, and the self-reported overall prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults had increased 1.1 percentage points from 2007.
 
For more information on Munson Medical Center and Grand Traverse Surgery’s Bariatric Center of Excellence, call (231) 346-4014.