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Holy Name receives accreditation for bariatric surgery program


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. •


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