HackensackUMC Bariatric Surgery Program Receives Full Re-accreditation From American College of Surgeons
By Mel Fabrikant Saturday, February 23, 2013, 06:56 AM EST
The Bariatric Surgery Program at Hackensack University Medical Center has been granted “Full Approval” of re-accreditation as of December 2012, and will remain an “American College of Surgeons Level 1 Accredited Bariatric Center,” for another three years.
“We are proud of the Bariatric Surgery Program here at HackensackUMC,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network.
“I want to congratulate Division Chief Dr. Hans Schmidt and his entire team for attaining this prestigious re-accreditation once again. This affirms the high-level of care that our bariatric patients receive when they choose HackensackUMC.”
The Bariatric Surgery Program, a division of HackensackUMC’s Department of Surgery, received its first full Level I accreditation in 2006, and subsequently received its second in 2009. As one of the region’s bariatric leaders, HackensackUMC’s board-certified surgeons provide state-of-the-art treatment options including gastric bypass, lap band, and revisional surgery. It employs an entire team of dieticians, counselors, surgeons and nurses who support patients before, during and after their procedures.
The American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program (ACS BSCN) accredits facilities in the United States that have undergone an independent, voluntary and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards. The ACS BSCN Accreditation Program offers five accreditation levels for inpatient hospitals and outpatient facilities. Level 1 centers are hospitals that: have demonstrated they have the capacity to manage and have committed resources to provide complete bariatric surgical care; have high-volume practices and can manage the most challenging and complex patients; engage patients at all levels of obesity; and set standards of care for weight loss operations, ages, comorbid conditions, and reoperations.
Level 1 facilities must also perform 125 or more weight-loss operations per year, with at least one credentialed and experienced bariatric surgeon who has performed at least 100 weight-loss operations in the previous 24 months.
About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, New Jersey, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. This 775-bed facility has created an entire campus of care, including: the Heart & Vascular Hospital, the John Theurer Cancer Center, the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, and the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top four New York metro area hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report, and has received nine national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals list. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in 10 different areas – more than any other hospital in the nation, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for seven years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 11 years in a row. The medical center has also been named one of the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals®, a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 19 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more about one of the nation’s 50 best hospitals, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org