Jersey Shore University Medical Center Earns Bariatric Surgery National Accreditation from American College of Surgeons

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Jersey Shore University Medical Center Earns Bariatric Surgery National Accreditation from American College of Surgeons

Jersey Shore meets all criteria as a Level 2 Center according to quality standards established by American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network Program

Jersey Shore University Medical Center's bariatric surgery program has been accredited as a Level 2 facility under the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The accreditation demonstrates the hospital's commitment to providing the highest quality care for bariatric surgery patients.

Accredited bariatric surgery centers provide resources for optimal care of morbidly obese patients, as well as pre and postoperative support. To earn the accreditation, Jersey Shore met the essential criteria that ensure its ability to support a bariatric surgical care program and the institutional performance requirements outlined by the BSCN Accreditation Standards.

In the United States, more than 15 million people suffer from severe obesity, and the numbers continue to increase. 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. At the present time, weight-loss surgery provides the only effective, lasting relief from severe obesity. Therefore, the ACS believes it is of utmost importance to extend its quality initiatives to accrediting bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist the public in identifying those facilities that provide optimal surgical care for patients who undergo this surgical procedure.

Seth Kipnis, M.D., FACS, director of Bariatric Surgery at Jersey Shore and clinical assistant professor of Surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, says "the American College of Surgeons accreditation confirms that Jersey Shore's Bariatric Surgery program is among the best in the country. Our team of experts provides the full spectrum of care for bariatric patients, including pre-op, surgery, dietary support, resources, and follow up - all of which help contribute to long term success."

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 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

About Jersey Shore University Medical Center:
Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital - the first children's hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and stroke rescue center in the region. Jersey Shore specializes in cardiovascular care, orthopedics and rehabilitation, cancer care, neuroscience, nerve surgery and women's specialty services. Through the hospital's clinical research program, and its affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Jersey Shore serves as an academic center dedicated to advancing medical knowledge, training future physicians and providing the community with access to promising medical breakthroughs. For more information about Jersey Shore University Medical Center call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit