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Holy Name receives accreditation for bariatric surgery program

Monday May 13, 2013
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Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, N.J., has been honored as an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for M&BS.

Accreditation ensures the quality, safety and efficacy of bariatric patient care. Facilities with BSCOE approval support best practices for the treatment of morbid obesity and its associated conditions by offering a broad spectrum of treatment, education and support services.

Sheryl Slonim, RN-BC, DNP, NEA-BC, executive vice president, patient care services, and CNO, said the success of bariatric surgery has as much to do with education, support and follow-up care as it does with the procedure. "Holy Name holds free monthly seminars about surgical options, risks and benefits, and we conduct an extensive screening process with a bariatric surgeon, registered dietitian and a psychologist to determine eligibility for bariatric surgery," Slonim said in a news release.

Slonim noted preop and postop support are essential to patient well-being and recovery. By emphasizing postop healing, lap-band adjustments, individualized nutrition and psychotherapeutic sessions, "we help to prevent side effects and complications, and promote successful long-term outcomes," Slonim said in the release. •