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Saint Mary's Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence Receives Accreditation from the ACS Bariatric Surgery Center Network

The Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center has been accredited as a Level One facility by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This designation means Saint Mary's has met the essential criteria that ensure it is fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery care program and its institutional performance meets the requirements outlined by the ACS BSCN Accreditation Program.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 2005 in an effort to extend established quality improvement practices to all disciplines of surgical care, the ACS BSCN Accreditation Program provides confirmation that a bariatric surgery center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality care for its bariatric surgery patients. Accredited bariatric surgery centers provide not only the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of morbidly obese patients, but also the support and resources that are necessary to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, from the pre-hospital phase through the postoperative care and treatment process.

Each hospital undergoes onsite verification by experienced bariatric surgeons, who review the center's structure, process, and quality of data. Because high-quality surgical care requires documentation using reliable measurements of outcomes, accredited bariatric surgery centers are required to report their bariatric surgery outcomes data either to the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) or the College's BSCN Database, using a web-based data entry system.

In the United States, more than 11 million people suffer from severe obesity, and the numbers continue to increase. 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, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. At the present time, weight-loss surgery provides the only effective, lasting relief from severe obesity. Therefore, the ACS believes it is of utmost importance to extend its quality initiatives to accrediting bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist the public in identifying those facilities that provide optimal surgical care for patients who undergo this surgical procedure.

To learn more about the services, programs and quality care provided by Saint Mary's, visit www.saintmarysreno.com.

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Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center

Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center based in Reno, Nev. is a 380-bed acute care hospital offering inpatient, outpatient and wellness services. Nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission, Saint Mary's offers a robust line of services including a top-rated Center for Cancer featuring the region's only CyberKnife radiosurgery delivery system, state-of-the-art William N. Pennington Emergency Room and Senior ER and a Heart and Vascular Institute dedicated to long-term wellness. The health system also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group with six primary care offices, four urgent care facilities and two retail clinics and a state-of-the-art Center for Health & Fitness. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary's is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit www.saintmarysreno.com.

Prime Healthcare Services

Ontario, CA-based Prime Healthcare Services is one of the largest hospital companies in the U.S. Through their subsidiaries, Prime Healthcare Services and the non-profit Prime Healthcare Foundation have more than 12,000 employees and own and operate 17 acute care hospitals: Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Chino Valley Medical Center, Desert Valley Hospital, Encino Hospital Medical Center, Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, Huntington Beach Hospital, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, Montclair Hospital Medical Center, Paradise Valley Hospital, San Dimas Community Hospital, Shasta Regional Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Hospital and West Anaheim Medical Center, all in California, Pampa Regional Medical Center and Harlingen Medical Center, in Texas, and Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania.

Prime Healthcare was recognized as the 'Top 15 Health System' in the nation in 2012 and the 'Top 10 Health System' in the nation in 2009 by Thomson Reuters. Of the twelve hospitals that are accredited by Joint Commission, the largest Medicare accreditation organization in the country, nine earned national recognition as "Top Performer," (Top 14 percent), on Key Quality Measures in 2011. Five of the hospitals were ranked as the 'Top 100 Hospitals' in the nation for quality patient care in 2012.

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