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Patients seeking surgical treatment for obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving care at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality on Long Island. 
Catholic Health's Good Samaritan Hospital (West Islip, NY) announced that its bariatric surgery program has once again earned reaccreditation as an Accredited Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The hospital has received this high honor on four consecutive surveys.
The MBSAQIP Standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, ensure that metabolic and bariatric patients receive multidisciplinary medical care, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. MBSAQIP-Accredited centers offer preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for patients with obesity.
“Receiving this honor, in multiple consecutive surveys, from the MBSAQIP shows the high level of quality and compassionate, faith-based care that is the foundation of Good Samaritan’s Bariatric Surgery Program, which also includes the Center for Weight Loss Management in Bay Shore,” said Chief of Bariatric Surgery and Director of the Center for Weight Loss Management at Good Samaritan Hospital Edward Cussatti, MD, FACS, FASMBS. “
Good Samaritan’s commitment to quality care begins with expertly trained staff and the leadership of experienced bariatric surgeon, Edward Cussatti, MD, and Administrative Director, Roseann DeLuca, MSN, RN, CBN. The program is tasked with continuous review of surgical data as they continue improving the structure and outcomes expertise necessary to provide safe, efficacious, and high-quality care to all metabolic and bariatric patients.
To earn MBSAQIP Accreditation, Good Samaritan met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and patient care pathways, 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 surgical outcomes and identifying opportunities for quality improvement. The MBSAQIP Standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, are published by the ACS and the ASMBS.
“The Bariatric Program and Center for Weight Loss Management at Good Samaritan has truly earned a tremendous accomplishment, said Good Samaritan Hospital President Ruth E. Hennessey. MBSAQIP Accreditation, not once, but four times, is a true testament to the dedication that both Dr. Cussatti and Roseann Deluca have for their patients and the health of the community we serve.”
After applying for MBSAQIP Accreditation, centers undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon who reviews the center's structure, processes, and clinical outcomes data. Centers that earn accreditation are awarded a specific designation level, depending on how many patients it serves annually, critical care capabilities, the types of procedures provided, and whether it provides care to patients under the age of 18. 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 93 million adults in the United States are affected by obesity and that number continues to increase. The disease of 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, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgery has proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to obesity.* Working together, the ACS and the ASMBS have developed accreditation standards for metabolic and bariatric surgery to assist patients with obesity in identifying centers that provide optimal patient care.


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