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MVH Bariatric Program Receives National Accreditation

Do you want to hear staggering statistics? In the nearly four years since Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) introduced its Weight Control and Wellness Program, approximately 40 of the 111 people who had bariatric surgery lost a combined total of 3,605.7 pounds. In addition, six months after their surgeries, 94 percent of the people no longer needed their diabetes medication; and, after one year, 100 percent of the people, who returned for their one-year follow-up appointments, were off of these medications.

This spring, MVH’s Weight Control and Wellness Program was accredited as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The two organizations combined their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®). In order to receive this accreditation, MVH’s bariatric surgical program underwent a rigorous review process to prove that the Hospital could maintain certain physical resources, human resources and standards of practice. All accredited centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.

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