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Lodi Health Achieves National Accreditation

Awards & Recognition

Patients seeking surgical treatment for obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the greater Lodi area.

Lodi Health today announced that it has earned certification as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. This prestigious accreditation is granted through 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). At Lodi Memorial, the most common weight-loss surgeries are the gastric bypass and vertical sleeve.

The MBSAQIP standards ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. Dr. Ruby Gatschet, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at Lodi Health, says the accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for obese patients.

“This accreditation shows Lodi Health’s dedication and commitment to our patients and their families, from the initial planning stages of weight loss to educational opportunities and support groups afterward that lead to continued success,” Gatschet said. “Our patients can be confident in our program’s ability to deliver consistent, effective and evidenced-based care with every surgery.”

Lodi Health’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. Lodi Health’s surgeons, who specialize in bariatric surgery, seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Lodi Health 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 yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.

“This designation is a credit to our outstanding, highly dedicated metabolic and bariatric team who is very deserving of this accolade,” Lodi Health CEO Daniel Wolcott said. “We are honored to be recognized for our program that has been months of hard work by our team and a commitment to our patients’ success.”

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. In San Joaquin County, 29 percent of adults and 21 percent of youth are obese, according to the 2016 San Joaquin County Community Health Needs Assessment. 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.