Guthrie Weight Loss Center Achieves National Reaccreditation for Bariatric Surgery

Guthrie is pleased to announce that the Guthrie Weight Loss Center in Sayre, Pa. has recently received a three year reaccreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). 

Guthrie has been reaccredited as a Comprehensive MBSAQIP center. This means that the Guthrie Weight Loss Center offers patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.

Dr. Mustafa Aman, Guthrie Director, Bariatric Surgery, said: “This is a tremendous achievement, and is really a reflection of the entire team of people we have working in the Guthrie Weight Loss Center. We offer our patients long-term solutions to their weight loss goals, and we work at the highest industry standards. Our goal is to support our patients both before and after surgery to ensure the best patient outcomes, and sustainable weight loss.”

The Guthrie Weight Loss Center offers a patient-centered, multi-disciplinary approach to weight loss, with a team of experts in bariatric surgery, medical weight loss, nutritional and fitness coaching, and emotional and behavioral support. 

The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®) is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). 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. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

 To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Guthrie met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. As part of the accreditation process, Guthrie received an extensive onsite visit from an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviewed the center's structure, process, and clinical outcomes data. Guthrie 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. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, published by the ACS and ASMBS.     

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 rise. 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. 

About Guthrie

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 290 physicians and 175 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.