Good Samaritan Hospital
December 16, 2016

Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions, have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the greater Bay Area.

Marc Zare, MD, Medical Director at the Good Samaritan Center for Weight Loss Surgery, announced its been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under 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).

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

“This accreditation from the MBSAQIP endorses our commitment to delivering continuous quality care to every patient at The Good Samaritan Center for Weight Loss Surgery,” says Zare. “We hold our team to the highest standards and always strive to be the best source for patients seeking weight loss surgery.”

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, the Good Samaritan Center for Weight Loss Surgery met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, published by the ACS and ASMBS.

“We are proud to be recognized by such an elite organization for our quality outcomes and patient satisfaction,” says Bruce Wilbur, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Good Samaritan Hospital.

After submitting an application, centers seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center's structure, process, and clinical outcomes data. Centers are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides, and whether it provides care for patients under age 18.

About Good Samaritan Hospital

Good Samaritan Hospital is a 474-bed acute care hospital in the heart of Silicon Valley, with two locations, the main campus in San Jose, California and the Mission Oaks campus in Los Gatos, California. Good Samaritan Hospital is recognized nationally for quality and safety by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures and has been voted a “Family Favorite” hospital for more than ten years by the readers of Bay Area Parent. Good Samaritan Hospital is and is a Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, STEMI Receiving Center, accredited Chest Pain Center and a five-time recipient of the American College of Surgeons Outstanding Achievement Award in cancer care. Good Samaritan has been delivering elite level care with compassion since 1965.
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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.