(Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford USD Medical Center
in Sioux Falls recently received the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Bariatric Surgery
"We're proud to achieve this distinction. The quality of care that we give to our patients, before, during and after a bariatric surgery from Sanford is of the highest quality and this award is evidence of that,” says Dennis Glatt, MD. “Reducing the medical issues of overweight patients such as diabetes, hypertension and infertility through weight loss surgery can greatly increase their quality of life.”
“Bariatric programs that concentrate on the metabolic issues and overall health and wellness of the patient are recognized by this award. With a variety of surgical options and a our on-going efforts to increase our patient experience and outcomes is what the Sanford Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical team is all about,” says Curtis Peery, MD.
According to the National Institute of Public Health, increases in obesity will have an increasing impact on the global rates of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, osteoarthritis and sleep apnea. Obesity has an impact on the rising incidence rates of many other diseases.
Sanford USD Medical Center’s bariatric program is the first in the state to receive a designation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. JCAHO has awarded Sanford with the disease-specific care certification for bariatric surgery. Sanford earned the recognition from Joint Commission
. The Joint Commission is the nation's largest independent accrediting body.
Sanford is the only bariatric center in South Dakota to achieve the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Bariatric Surgery.