At UTMB's Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery, we believe the quality of any endeavor depends upon the quality of the people engaged in the effort. We are committed to outstanding patient care, and are committed to seeing that each individual achieves his or her highest personal potential for good health as part of a good life. Our faculty are outstanding, our staff are excellent and experienced, and the care and services we provide are comprehensive. We're pleased to offer information about our level 1A accreditation as evidence of the quality we offer:
Since its founding in 1913, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has had a long and prestigious history of engaging in quality improvement for the surgical patient, and the ACS proudly carries that goal into the 21st century. In February 2005, the ACS Board of Regents recognized the urgent and pressing need to extend its established quality improvement practices beyond its successful Trauma Verification and Cancer Accreditation programs. The Regents unanimously agreed to expand the ACS standard setting and accreditation efforts into additional disciplines. Following this action, the ACS BSCN Accreditation Program was established in 2005 in response to the national obesity epidemic and the growing need to advance high-quality surgical care for patients who undergo bariatric surgical procedures.
The ACS BSCN is the premier accreditation program that verifies to payors, patients, and the medical community that an ACS BSCN-Accredited Bariatric Center has undergone an independent, rigorous evaluation and meets the high-quality standards of surgical care, long-term follow-up, and data collection.
Recognizing that high-quality surgical care occurs in a variety of surgical contexts, the ACS BSCN Accreditation Program offers seven accreditation levels for inpatient hospitals and outpatient facilities, including newly established bariatric surgery programs. Five accreditation status levels are offered for inpatient hospitals: Level 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, and 2-New. Two accreditation levels are offered for outpatient facilities.
The UTMB Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery (formerly the UTMB Center for Weight Management) is a Level 1A designated center.
A surgery center must have provided weight loss operations for more than one year before applying for accreditation.
• Level 1 A & B Centers
Level 1 centers are hospitals that have demonstrated they have the capacity to manage and have committed resources to provide complete bariatric surgical care.
These hospitals have high-volume practices and can manage the most challenging and complex patients. These centers engage patients at all levels of obesity and set standards of care for weight-loss operations, ages, comorbid conditions, and re-operations.
Level 1 facilities must perform 125 or more weight-loss operations annually, with at least two credentialed and experienced bariatric surgeons who have each performed at least 100 weight-loss operations in the previous 24 months.
All requirements are the same for A and B level designations, except hospitals that participate as an ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) Site are designated as “Level A” centers (ie, Level 1A and 2A). Level 1 and 2 hospitals that do not participate in ACS NSQIP are recognized as “B” Level centers (ie, Level 1B and 2B).
Learn more about the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network.
The Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery has been granted “Full Approval” as a Level 1a Accredited Bariatric Center by the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network.
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