WATERBURY — Patients seeking surgical treatment for obesity and its related conditions can receive care at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality in the greater Waterbury area.

Dr. Juan Diego Holguin, M.D., FACS, medical director of the Waterbury HEALTH Comprehensive Weight Management Program and metabolic and bariatric surgery director at Waterbury Hospital, announced that its bariatric surgery center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, a joint quality program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The MBSAQIP Standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, ensure that metabolic and bariatric patients receive multidisciplinary medical care, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success.

MBSAQIP-accredited centers offer preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for patients with obesity.

“This accreditation is a testament to the quality of care we’ve provided our patients since we created the Weight Management Center and the bariatric program. We offer personalized care and attention and I look forward to helping many more patients,” said Juan Diego Holguin, M.D., FACS, medical director of the Comprehensive Weight Management Program at Waterbury HEALTH and metabolic and bariatric surgery at Waterbury Hospital.

Waterbury Hospital’s commitment to quality care begins with expertly trained staff and the leadership of an experienced bariatric surgeon.

The program is tasked with continuous review of surgical data as they continue improving the structure and outcomes expertise necessary to provide safe, efficacious, and high-quality care to all metabolic and bariatric patients.

To earn MBSAQIP Accreditation, Waterbury Hospital met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and patient care pathways, ensuring its ability to support patients with obesity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 93 million adults in the United States are affected by obesity and that number continues to increase.

The disease of 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, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, among other health risks.

Metabolic and bariatric surgery has proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to obesity.

More information about the Comprehensive Weight Management Program at Waterbury Hospital is available at waterburyhospital.org/weight-management or 203-568-2929.

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