Tennova Center for Surgical Weight Loss Receives Top-Level Accreditation for Bariatric Surgery
Tennova Healthcare’s bariatric surgery program at Turkey Creek Medical Center in Knoxville is now accredited by the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accredited as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications.
“We’re seeing alarming increases in severe obesity among teens and young people,” says Stephen Boyce, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Medical Director of New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery and the Tennova Center for Surgical Weight Loss. “Patients are now showing up at very young ages with obesity-related health conditions like diabetes, sleep apnea and hypertension.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity in American adolescents has quadrupled in the past 30 years. In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents in the United States were overweight or obese.
To earn accreditation, the hospital met essential criteria that ensure its ability to support a bariatric surgery program and measure up to the performance requirements outlined by the MBSAQIP. The three designations offered by MBSAQIP are: Low Acuity Center, Comprehensive Center, and Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications. As a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications, the Tennova Center for Surgical Weight loss is approved to provide care to patients of all ages.
“This accreditation is an important way for patients to verify that their surgeon has access to all the key resources necessary for optimal care,” explains Dr. Boyce. “This level of accreditation means we are authorized to treat the most complex bariatric patients here. We are proud to be acknowledged for excellence at our center.”
MBSAQIP accredits bariatric surgery centers in the United States and Canada that have undergone an independent, voluntary, and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with national standards. MBSAQIP-accredited centers have demonstrated compliance with these standards and successfully completed an on-site visit by a trained surveyor.
About New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery:
As a comprehensive weight loss center located in Knoxville, Tennessee, New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery offers medically supervised and surgical weight loss programs that include education, nutrition counseling, behavior modification, medication and surgery. Stephen G. Boyce, MD, FACS, FASMBS, has performed weight loss procedures since 1989. He and his surgical partner K. Robert Williams, MD,FACS, FASMB, have helped thousands of patients achieve a new life. New Life Center is affiliated with Turkey Creek Medical Center, a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).