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Published on December 16, 2015

North Kansas City Hospital Achieves National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation & Quality Improvement Program

Bariatric Surgery AccreditationNorth Kansas City Hospital’s (NKCH) Bariatric Surgery Center received national accreditation as a Comprehensive Center by 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).

Patients, who are seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions, now can choose a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the Northland.

“The entire team at North Kansas City Hospital’s Bariatric Center is honored to receive recognition,” said Keenan Berghoff, MD, medical director of the bariatric program at NKCH and has performed more than 500 bariatric procedures. “Our comprehensive pre-and post-operative care program, not only serves as the most effective tool to providing long-term weight loss, but often improves other obesity-related health problems. We take pride in our integrated team approach, which includes a nurse program coordinator, dietitians, psychiatric and insurance specialists, our own NKCH bariatric app and ongoing support groups.” To earn the MBSAQIP designation, North Kansas City Hospital’s Bariatric Center met essential criteria for the staffing, training, facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center will also participate in a national data registry that identifies outcomes and opportunities for continuous quality improvement.

“The MBSAQIP designation is a significant step for the Bariatric Surgery Center at North Kansas City Hospital,” said Peggy Schmitt, president and CEO. “It recognizes the fact that we provide some of the most advanced care and highest quality of surgery for our bariatric patients in the Northland.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity in the United States, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risk 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, among other health risks.

About North Kansas City Hospital

For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been the Northland’s preferred healthcare provider. NKCH is an acute-care facility with 451 licensed beds and 550 physicians representing 49 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, the highest level of care in the Northland, to award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs, to home health and hospice, NKCH provides a lifetime of care.

NKCH offers advanced treatment options, including world class cancer care through a partnership with the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated program.

Through its Meritas Health subsidiary, North Kansas City Hospital offers a premier network of healthcare experts who provide patient care services for all aspects of life, including pregnancy and childbirth, pediatric and primary care, specialty and surgical care, occupational and rehabilitation medicine.

The hospital’s mission, vision and values reflect a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the Northland community and beyond. Last year, NKCH sponsored 50 charitable and community organizations and served more than 17,000 people through its dynamic Community Health & Wellness programs. And, it recently became the first hospital in Kansas City to offer zero-percent financing options to help patients manage their medical expenses.

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.

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