(MURFREESBORO) For the third examining period in a row, the Bariatric Center at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital exceeded its re-accreditation requirements.
Nationally, bariatric centers must be surveyed every three years by the American College of Surgeon's to maintain accreditation and to bear the American College of Surgeons (ACS) logo.
Maintaining accreditation is important to Saint Thomas Rutherford, because some insurance policies do not cover bariatric surgeries that take place at unaccredited sites.
By consistently meeting the American College of Surgeons' rigorous standards, the Saint Thomas Rutherford Bariatric Center can continue to serve patients with a broad range of insurance types.
ACS site surveyor David Carroll, MD, said, "The Bariatric Center at Saint Thomas Rutherford has a very dedicated staff and excellent administrative support. They have specialized lifting equipment integrated in several ICU and patient rooms. Saint Thomas Rutherford has one of the best support group models and one that would be difficult to reproduce elsewhere."
Saint Thomas Rutherford's Bariatric Center is committed to providing patients with holistic care that includes emotional support groups and prioritizes lifestyle modifications such as nutrition, exercise, and mental health coaching over surgical options.
"Dr. Wayne Westmoreland and Dr. Stephen Rich offer a high-caliber surgery experience, but the Bariatric Center's work encompasses much more than surgery. We recognize that we have to help the mind in order for the patient to understand how to live a different way of life and achieve long-term success," said Catherine M. Shaw, BSN, RN, Saint Thomas Rutherford. "Our vision of having mental health care providers lead patient support groups has become a reality. Last year, we had 1,134 patients attend support groups led by Dr. Amanda Myers. To date, we have had 998 individuals attend support groups in 2019."