Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton’s nationally accredited Weight Loss Surgery Center has earned another honor. The center was recently named a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric (weight loss) Surgery by Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program.
Blue Designation Centers are nationally designated health care facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering better health outcomes and improved patient safety based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community. According to Blue Cross and Blue Shield, research shows that, compared to other health care facilities, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers have better quality and improved outcomes for patients.
To receive a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery designation, a hospital must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety measures as well as weight loss surgery specific quality measures, including complication and readmission rate for laparoscopic procedures in sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and adjustable gastric band. A hospital must also be nationally accredited at both the facility and bariatric program-specific levels.
“During the last several years, BID-Milton had developed an excellent weight loss surgery program focused on quality of care and patient safety as well as on results, improved health and ongoing holistic support for patients,” explained Souheil Adra, MD, medical director of the program and chief of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians Surgery at BID-Milton.
“To be awarded a Blue Distinction Center designation from Blue Cross and Blue Shield is a strong endorsement of the excellent staff we have and their commitment to delivering high-quality, compassionate care to our patients. Individuals can choose to have their weight loss surgery at BID-Milton feeling confident they are receiving expert care in a convenient community hospital setting.”
The Blue Distinction Center designation is the latest award for the hospital’s Weight Loss Surgery Center. Last year the center was accredited as a “Comprehensive Center” by the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This is the highest level of accreditation provided by MBSAQIP and enabled BID-Milton to offer lap-band revisional surgery to patients in Milton.
It is estimated that nearly 37 percent of U.S. adults and 17 percent are obese and impacted by obesity-related health conditions, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The estimated annual health care costs of obesity-related conditions are nearly $210 billion per year in the U.S., according to the Journal of Health Economics.
More information on weight loss surgery can be found at www.bidmilton.org/weightloss.