First of three hospitals nationally to achieve triple certification from MBSAQIP®
St. Petersburg, Florida – (October 7, 2020) – Patients seeking treatment for obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, a nationally accredited facility that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality.
“We are very proud of our team achieving triple certification in all three specialty areas that are recognized by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®),” said Michael Irving, CEO. ”This reflects Palms of Pasadena Hospital’s unwavering commitment to patient-focused care that improves the health and the lives of our patients and the communities we serve.”
In the United States, more than 11 million people suffer from severe obesity and an estimated 93 million people are obese. Obesity increases the risks of poor health by contributing to diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have been shown to be effective in the reduction of these risks and improving quality of life for patients who are able to obtain and maintain a healthier weight.
“We are passionate about providing our patients with the tools they need to be successful in their weight loss journey,“ explains Tiffany Jessee, DO, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director for Florida Bariatric Centers at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. “From outstanding surgical treatments to non-surgical interventions including nutrition, physical activity, behavioral changes, and pharmacotherapy, our goal is to ensure that each patient achieves long-term success and an optimal outcome.”
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Florida Bariatric Centers at Palms of Pasadena Hospital met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that produces semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes.
For more information on the comprehensive adult and adolescent metabolic and bariatric surgery program at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, visit our website at palmspasadena.com or call us at 1-866-931-8446.
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About Palms of Pasadena Hospital
Located in a Pinellas County beach community, Palms of Pasadena Hospital has been serving residents and visitors for more than 50 years. The 307-bed facility is Joint Commission accredited and committed to providing high quality medical care in a friendly hospital environment. Palms of Pasadena Hospital is an Accredited Advanced Primary Stroke Center which offers a full range of services including ER 24/7®, robotic and minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, rehabilitation center featuring inpatient and outpatient programs, and wound care. The hospital’s surgical weight loss program through the Florida Bariatric Centers is nationally accredited as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent and Obesity Medicine Qualifications under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®). It is the only MBSAQIP-accredited center to have received all three levels of certification.