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Northside-Forsyth Bariatric program granted national accreditation

CUMMING -- Northside Hospital-Forsyth announced one of its surgery programs has received national accreditation.

The Bariatric Surgery Program was granted full approval by the American College of Surgeon’s Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our team of surgeons, registered nurses, dieticians and others who continually assess our bariatric program to provide the best care for our patients,” said Lynn Jackson, administrator of the hospital’s Cumming location. “This recognition is a direct result of their efforts.”

A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a “rigorous review process, during which it proves that it can provide the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of obese patients, as well as the support and resources that are necessary to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients – from education and preparation for the surgery to the operation and then recovery.”

According to the American College of Surgeons, more than 11 million people suffer from severe obesity, and an estimated 93 million people are obese in the United States.

Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of its association with type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and other diseases and conditions, according to Northside, and weight-loss surgery provides the “only effective, lasting relief [for] these patients.”

The Northside Hospital health care system is an 852-bed, nonprofit health care provider with more than 150 locations across Georgia, including three acute care, state-of-the-art hospitals in Atlanta, Cherokee County and Forsyth County.

Bariatric services are available at its Forsyth, Atlanta and Cherokee campuses. In addition to comprehensive surgical services, pre-surgery informational seminars and aftercare support groups are available.

Northside offers an interdisciplinary team of experts that includes board-certified surgeons, many of whom have been performing weight-loss surgery for more than 30 years. Combined with certified bariatric nurse coordinators, weight-loss specialists and dieticians, they work to provide “highly personalized care.”

“We are committed to offering the latest technologies and procedures for bariatric surgery, including single-incision and robotic surgery,” said Amy Fischer, manager of surgical services for the hospital. “We also have a dedicated nursing unit, where specially trained nurses care for our patients post-surgery.”