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Presbyterian Rust Medical Center Bariatric Program Earns National Accreditation

July 26, 2016

RIO RANCHO, N.M. – Patients seeking surgical options for severe obesity and related conditions can now receive treatment from a nationally accredited program at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.

Presbyterian’s bariatric program has recently been accredited as a Comprehensive Center by 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). 

“At the Presbyterian Bariatric Center, our multi-disciplinary team offers several surgical options and also provides patients with nutritional and psychological support before, during, and after surgery as they move toward a healthier life,” said Dr. William Rice, Medical Director, Bariatric Program, Presbyterian Rust Medical Center. “This accreditation demonstrates our team’s commitment to quality care for our patients.”

To become a Comprehensive Center, an experienced bariatric surgeon reviewed Presbyterian’s structure, process and clinical outcomes data. Programs are awarded the designation based on how many procedures it performs annually, the type of procedures it provides and the severity of illness it is able to treat.

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 15.5 million Americans suffer from severe obesity and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity is associated with type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks.  Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in reducing conditions related to severe obesity.

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About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

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.

About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system of eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Founded in New Mexico in 1908, it is the state’s largest private employer with approximately 11,000 employees.​​​

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