• Franciscan Health Michigan City bariatric program achieves accreditation, meeting standards for patient safety and quality care

    MICHIGAN CITY, Indiana | Patients seeking surgical treatment for obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving care at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality in the greater Michigan City area.
    Thomas Shin, MD, FACS, medical director of the Bariatric Program at Franciscan Health Michigan City, announced today that its bariatric surgery center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
    The MBSAQIP Standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, ensure that metabolic and bariatric patients receive multidisciplinary medical care, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. MBSAQIP-accredited centers offer preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for patients with obesity.
    “This accreditation is a testament to the dedication of our doctors and staff to provide patients with the highest quality bariatric services and care,” said Thomas Shin, MD.
    Franciscan Health Michigan City’s commitment to quality care begins with expertly trained staff and the leadership of an experienced bariatric surgeon. The program is tasked with continuous review of surgical data as they continue improving the structure and outcomes expertise necessary to provide safe, efficacious, and high-quality care to all metabolic and bariatric patients.
    To earn MBSAQIP Accreditation, Franciscan Health Michigan City met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and patient care pathways, ensuring its ability to support patients with obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its surgical outcomes and identifying opportunities for quality improvement. The MBSAQIP Standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, are published by the ACS and the ASMBS.
    “We are delighted to have obtained accreditation,” said Sandra Wischmeyer, DO. “Our team is incredible; they have worked tirelessly through the midst of a global pandemic to provide the highest quality care to our patients. We are thankful for the support and dedication of Franciscan Health Michigan City.”
    After applying for MBSAQIP Accreditation, centers undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon who reviews the center's structure, processes, and clinical outcomes data. Centers that earn accreditation are awarded a specific designation level, depending on how many patients it serves annually, critical care capabilities, the types of procedures provided, and whether it provides care to patients under the age of 18.
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 93 million adults in the United States are affected by obesity and that number continues to increase. The disease of obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgery has proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to obesity.* Working together, the ACS and the ASMBS have developed accreditation standards for metabolic and bariatric surgery to assist patients with obesity in identifying centers that provide optimal patient care.
    Thomas Shin, MD and his fellow bariatric surgeon, Sandra Wischmeyer, DO, are independent physicians who choose to practice at Franciscan Health Michigan City. To learn more about weight loss procedures or to find a location near you, visit FranciscanHealth.org.

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