The Emory Bariatric Center rated seventh among 29 organizations evaluated on quality and key performance measures by the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC).
UHC recently conducted the Bariatric Surgery 2005 Benchmarking Project, a study of organizations performing bariatric, or weight loss, surgery. The objective of the project was to evaluate the performance of UHC members and provide information that could be used to better understand necessary components and evidenced-based methods to improve their programs.
Twenty-nine institutions, including Emory Healthcare, were reviewed between October 2003 and March 2004 to determine "best performers."
"We are very pleased at Emory's rating in the benchmarking project," says C. Daniel Smith, MD, professor of surgery and chief of the Division of General and GI Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine. "Some of the best medical institutions in the country were involved in the survey, and to be a top-10 performer speaks volumes about our dedicated staff and the leadership at Emory Healthcare."
The UHC study focused on patient education, evaluation and selection; compliance with the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons' Center of Excellence criteria; outcomes based on surgical approach and procedure type; and effectiveness of programs for reducing complications and risk.
The project evaluated bariatric surgery care and outcomes based on 15 key indicators found in evidence-based medicine literature, including preoperative screening and education, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prevention, leak testing, length of stay in the hospital, the use of clinical pathways, having all the necessary equipment to care for obese patients, an appropriate care team, well organized support groups, and follow-up care. Participating centers were scored using an applied algorithm developed by UHC statisticians. Site visits were conducted to validate performance and to identify practices and policies that contribute to consistent success.
The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), formed in 1984, is an alliance of academic health centers situated mainly in the United States. UHC provides its 90 full members and 123 associate members with a variety of resources aimed at improving performance levels in clinical, operational and financial areas. The mission of the University HealthSystem Consortium is to advance knowledge, foster collaboration, and promote change to help members succeed in their respective markets.