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Format: 04/19/2014
Format: 04/19/2014


West Penn Bariatric Surgery Center earns accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

West Penn is the region’s only ACS-BSCN accredited center

PITTSBURGH - West Penn Bariatric Surgery Center at West Penn Hospital has been re-accredited by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and is the only Pittsburgh-area weight-loss surgery center to earn this recognition.

ACS BSCN accreditation provides confirmation that a bariatric surgery center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality care for its patients. It symbolizes institutional commitment and accountability for safe, high-quality surgical care.

Daniel J. Gagné, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Director of the West Penn Bariatric Surgery Center, along with Jorge E. Urbandt, MD, FACS, work with certified physician assistants, psychologists, dietitians, and other employees to ensure that patients receive the most comprehensive care available. Drs. Gagné and Urbandt perform laparoscopic bariatric procedures, including gastric bypass, adjustable banding procedures, and revisional weight loss surgery.

The ACS BSCN designation means that West Penn Bariatric Surgery Center, based at West Penn Hospital, has met essential criteria ensuring it is fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery care program and that its institutional performance meets the requirements outlined by the ACS BSCN Accreditation Program.

The program was established by the American College of Surgeons in 2005 in an effort to extend established quality improvement practices to all disciplines of surgical care.

ACS BSCN-accredited bariatric surgery centers provide the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of morbidly obese patients, and also address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients.

The accreditation is just one of many honors and recognitions West Penn Bariatric Surgery Center has earned from respected organizations. In 2009, for the third consecutive year, HealthGrades recognized the West Penn Bariatric Surgery Center as No. 1 in the state. West Penn also received its fourth consecutive 5-Star rating and top 5 percent in the nation ranking for weight loss surgery, and received the 2009/2010 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award from HealthGrades.

The American Society for Bariatric Surgery has named West Penn a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association designated West Penn Bariatric Center a Blue Distinction Center. Other health insurers, including Health America, United Resource Network and Cigna have all named it a Center of Excellence for bariatric surgery.

Drs. Gagné and Urbandt are leaders in the field, having performed more than 2,000 surgeries. They have also published 50 papers and book chapters on weight loss surgery and have given more than 120 presentations nationally and throughout the world.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recognized West Penn Bariatric Surgery Center and allows expanded Medicare coverage of bariatric surgery for beneficiaries of all ages who have been diagnosed with other health problems associated with obesity. Medicare coverage has been limited to procedures performed in facilities certified by the American College of Surgeons or the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.

There are four categories of ACS BSCN accreditation for inpatient facilities (Level 1a, 1b, 2a, and 2b) and one level for outpatient surgical care facilities. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of accreditation. Each hospital undergoes an onsite verification by experienced bariatric surgeons.

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.

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 care of 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 77,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.


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