NJ Bariatrics, the FIRST Center of Excellence in New Jersey
On September 8, 2005, NJ Bariatrics was designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). We were the first bariatric center in New Jersey to achieve this distinction.
What is a Center of Excellence?
The Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence program is the world’s largest center of excellence (COE) program for the bariatric specialty, with more than 700 surgeons and 400 facilities currently designated and an additional 300 surgeons and 150 facilities approved for provisional status.
In order to obtain a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation, both the hospital and the NJ bariatric surgeons must meet the highest quality patient care standards in the field of bariatric surgery. This involved a rigorous two-stage application process followed by a meticulous on-site inspection and audit of the NJ Bariatrics office and the University Medical Center at Princeton, where we operate.
About the Center of Excellence Auditing Process
To pass the auditing process and achieve a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation, there are 10 requirements:
- Institutional Commitment to Excellence
- Surgical Experience and Volumes
- Designated Medical Director
- Responsive Critical Care Support
- Appropriate Equipment and Instruments
- Surgeon Dedication and Qualified Call Coverage
- Clinical Pathways and Standardized Operating Procedures
- Bariatric Nurses, Physician Extenders and Program Coordinator
- Patient Support Groups
- Long-Term Patient Follow-up
Other criteria were analyzed during the evaluation process as well, including the number of operations performed and clinical outcomes.
To qualify for the program, surgeons must be certified by the American Board of Surgery, be regular members (as opposed to affilate members) of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and possess the highest credentials. These include experience in performing a variety of surgical weight loss procedures utilizing modern techniques.
For the hospital to receive a Center of Excellence designation, the University Medical Center at Princeton also had to meet certain criteria. The site reviewer determined that all of our facilities and equipment are compatible with the special needs of morbidly obese patients. The review also acknowledged the 24/7 availability of medical subspecialists and intensivists in supporting the most comprehensive multidisciplinary program in this area. To retain COE status, the nursing and support staff must attend specialized training programs throughout the year to educate them in their role of caring for patients who undergo these procedures.
The designation period is 3 years. In early 2009, Dr. Brolin, Dr. Chau and the University Medical Center at Princeton were redesignated as Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. There are only a handful of medical centers in New Jersey that have been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. New Jersey Bariatrics is proud to be one of the few.
To learn more about the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence program, click here.