Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center Achieves National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center today announced its bariatric surgical center has 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).   In addition, bariatric surgeons Gregory F. Adams, MD, FACS, and Elizabeth Z. Barrett, MD, FACS have been designated verified surgeons by the 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.


“Individuals seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions can feel confident that they are receiving high-quality care at Bon Secours,” says Gregory F. Adams, MD, FACS, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at Bon Secours DePaul.  “This designation is a reflection of our commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective and evidenced-base care to bariatric surgery patients.” 


Bon Secours DePaul’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes.  They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.


To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Bon Secours DePaul 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.


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. 


In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, 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. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity. Working with ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.


The surgical weight loss program at Bon Secours DePaul is also a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (COEMBS) by the Surgical Review Corporation making this one of only two hospitals in Virginia to receive this designation.  



About Gregory F. Adams, MD, FACS 

Dr. Adams earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed a surgical internship at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center and a surgical residency at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He served as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS South Carolina and at the Naval Air Station Oceana Medical Clinic. He served as chief of surgery at Decatur General Hospital in Alabama.  Dr. Adams is a board certified general surgeon and a Fellow in both the American College of Surgeons and the Southeastern Surgical Congress. He is also a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Adams is married and has two sons.


About Elizabeth Z. Barrett, MD, FACS 

Dr. Elizabeth Barrett earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, where she also completed her categorical general surgery residency. She completed a minimally invasive surgery fellowship at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS).  She is a board certified surgeon specializing in bariatric and minimally invasive general surgery and a key member of Bon Secours Surgical Specialists.  Dr. Barrett is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, American Women Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. 


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 Bon Secours Virginia Health System 

Bon Secours Virginia Health System (BSV), the fourth-largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, is comprised of Bon Secours Richmond and Bon Secours Hampton Roads. BSV includes seven award-winning hospitals: four in Richmond and three in Hampton Roads. Bon Secours brings together an expanding network of hospitals, primary care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities to provide high-quality health care and wellness services to thousands of Virginians. The not-for-profit Catholic health system employs nearly 12,000 people. Bon Secours Virginia hospitals offer a full range of services, including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, emergency services, oncology, neurosciences and surgery.