Bariatric & Weight Loss
Are you ready to take control of your high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes through weight loss? Are you committed to lifestyle changes that will help you live a longer, healthier life? If the answer is "yes" Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Center is the place for you!
Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to successful weight loss and long-term weight management. Working cooperatively with partner organizations, the Bariatric & Weight Loss Center provides seamless, quality care utilizing an integrative approach that values the mind, body and spirit. We offer bariatric surgery as well as comprehensive weight loss programs, including Optifast® Meal Replacement.
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Ridgeview Bariatric and Weight Loss Center earns Blue Distinction designation
Ridgeview’s Bariatric and Weight Loss Center has earned a Blue Distinction designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield.
The Blue Distinction designation identifies the Bariatric and Weight Loss Center as a center that provides a full range of bariatric surgery care; including surgical care, post-operative care, outpatient follow-up care and patient education with lower complication rates and fewer readmissions. Blue Distinction Centers are part of a national designation program that recognizes facilities demonstrating expertise in delivering quality specialty care, safely and effectively.
Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Center achieves national accreditation; meets highest standards for safety and quality of care
Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Center was recently accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
“Our Bariatric & Weight Loss Center accreditation is a testament to Ridgeview’s commitment to providing the highest-quality care for patients within our region,” said Bob Stevens, president and CEO, Ridgeview Medical Center. “We’re proud to receive this honor, which represents the efforts of our multidisciplinary team,” Stevens said. “This commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership of our bariatric surgeon–Dr. Edmund Chute–who seek continuous improvement to enhance patient outcomes.”
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Center met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. Ridgeview 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. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, published by the ACS and ASMBS.
After submitting an application, centers seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center’s structure, process and clinical outcomes data. Centers are awarded a specific designation depending on the number of patients served annually, the type of procedures provided and whether care is provided for patients under age 18.
In the U.S., around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.* Working with ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.
*Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737. DOI:10.1001/jama.292.14.1724.