|For Immediate Release:
October 1, 2011
Contact: Mount Sinai Press Office
The Mount Sinai Medical Center Accredited as a Member of the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network (ACS BSCN)
NEW YORK, NY---The Mount Sinai Medical Center has been accredited as a member of the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network (ACS BSCN). This new designation recognizes the safety, efficiency and overall positive surgical results of the bariatric surgical team at Mount Sinai. The hospital has satisfactorily met the high standards set forth by the ACS to be acknowledged for its excellence in bariatric surgery.
Obesity is a serious epidemic in America. Over two thirds of Americans are overweight, a frightening number that continues to rise each year. Faced with this issue, the leadership of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery identified the need to recognize surgical programs, like Mount Sinai’s Program for Surgical Weight Loss, that demonstrate a track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.
The Chief of Bariatric Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS couldn’t be prouder of the new designation for the hospital and the hard work of his entire surgical team. “The Mount Sinai Medical Center staff has been providing an extraordinary level of care to weight loss surgery patients since 1999. It’s very satisfying to see this officially recognized at the national level by the ACS,” said Herron.
Dr. Herron has been performing laparoscopic bariatric surgery since joining the Mount Sinai faculty in 1999. Since that time he has performed over 1000 laparoscopic bariatric procedures. Dr. Herron also serves as Director of the Laparoscopic Surgery Fellowship training program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he is a Professor of Surgery.
The ACS Bariatric Surgery Center Network was created to recognize bariatric surgery centers that perform well. To earn an ACS BSCN designation, Mount Sinai underwent a site inspection during which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes was collected. The American College of Surgeons (ACS), an organization dedicated to pursuing surgical excellence, formulates and establishes the rigorous standards with which Dr. Herron’s team at Mount Sinai and other Bariatric Centers must comply, thoroughly inspects and evaluates each candidate for designation, and upon review recommends approval for designation for those physicians and facilities whose practices and outcomes meet their stringent demands.
About Bariatric Surgery at Mount Sinai
The Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Program for Surgical Weight Loss continues to provide top quality care and options to its patients in need of bariatric surgery. Mount Sinai takes a team approach to weight loss surgery. In addition to working closely with a surgeon, patients work together with a whole team of dedicated weight-loss surgery professionals. Before surgery, patients meet with the surgeon, nurses or physician assistant, a psychologist or psychiatrist, a gastroenterologist, a nutritionist, and possibly others. Each procedure has its unique advantages and disadvantages. No single operation is right for everyone. When meeting with Mount Sinai’s surgical weight loss team, they help you determine which operation is best for you. They also help to determine whether you are a good candidate for laparoscopic surgery or if you would be better suited to a traditional open approach. The most common operations performed at Mount Sinai include Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD-DS), Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (Lap Band), Sleeve Gastrectomy (2-Stage procedure), and Revisional Bariatric Surgery (conversions or repairs of failed bariatric operations). Mount Sinai also performs other operations that are currently investigational in nature.
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About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center, located in New York City, consists of The Mount Sinai Hospital, a tertiary care facility known for excellence in patient care and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, a leader in medical research and in the education of tomorrow’s physicians by internationally known faculty. Founded in 1852, The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the oldest voluntary teaching hospitals in the country and in 1963, the Hospital created Mount Sinai School of Medicine, beginning a close collaboration that has made Mount Sinai one of the leading academic medical center in the country. Today, the patients of Mount Sinai benefit as teams of physicians and scientists work together to rapidly translate laboratory research to new patient treatments. Many of the groundbreaking approaches that result from these collaborations are initially available at only a handful of facilities in the country—some, only at Mount Sinai. These advances make Mount Sinai the first choice for patients with complex medical and surgical needs. For more information, please visit www.mountsinai.org