KCH bariatric surgery gets national accreditation

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Patients on Hawaii Island seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions can look to Kona Community Hospital as a high-quality choice for receiving treatment in a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.

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Patients on Hawaii Island seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions can look to Kona Community Hospital as a high-quality choice for receiving treatment in a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.

Dr. Nathan Tomita, DO, MPH, metabolic and bariatric surgery director at Kona Community Hospital, announced its bariatric surgical center has been accredited as a Low Acuity Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and bariatric Surgery.

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The Kona Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center, a collaboration between Kona Community Hospital and Alii Health Center, is one of only four centers in Hawaii to have attained this level of accreditation. It is also the only center on Hawaii Island that offers a comprehensive weight loss program including surgical weight loss procedures.

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.

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