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Roger Williams’ Weight Loss Surgery program reaccredited for three years

The Weight Loss Surgery program at Roger Williams Medical Center has been reaccredited for three years as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).  The center has held this accreditation since 2005. More than 3,000 people have had their weight loss surgery at Roger Williams Medical Center. The Weight Loss Surgery team at Roger Williams, under the leadership of surgeon Dr. Dieter Pohl, has been performing bariatric surgery for more than 16 years.

MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of weight loss surgery centers. A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice. All accredited centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.

“We are pleased to work with MBSAQIP to ensure we are meeting high standards for bariatric surgery,” said Dr. Pohl. “Our continuing accreditation lets patients know we are meeting national goals related to safe and high-quality bariatric surgery.”

Roger Williams provides a host of resources for patients including informational seminars that take place monthly and are also available online, support groups, and continued personal support before and after surgery. To learn more about weight loss surgery at Roger Williams, please visit www.loseweightri.com or call 401-521-6310.

Accreditation by MBSAQIP promotes uniform practices and continued quality improvement for bariatric surgery centers. There are several designation levels of accreditation based on criteria such as available resources, volume of patients, and types of procedures offered. For example, designated comprehensive centers are characterized as having all necessary equipment for complex initial and revisional bariatric surgery procedures on at high volume of patients. Designation as a comprehensive center through MBSAQIP accreditation requires all procedures to be entered in MBSAQIP data registry and an on-site visit every three years.