Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph - Bariatric Care has been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® (BSCOE) by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). “This is our way of ensuring our patients that we are providing the best and safest bariatric surgery program possible,” says Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph - Bariatric Care Medical Director Phillip M. Hornbostel, MD. “From a patient perspective, being a BSCOE should drive their decision on where to have their surgery for two reasons — safety and efficacy.”
Surgical weight loss has been proven to be the most effective option for long-term health improvement. For those who have exhausted all other options in achieving a healthy weight, Bariatric Care offers three different initial surgical options including laparoscopic gastric band, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. Bariatric Care also offers gastric bypass revision and gastric band adjustments for those who have already had a procedure.
“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services uses BSCOE designation as a way to ensure that they support only the programs that meet the most stringent of regulations,” states Dr. Hornbostel. “Now that we are part of this elite group, we are able to accept patients with Medicare insurance. More than 80 percent of insurance companies follow CMS’ lead on who to accept in their network, which means that most insurance companies will also support our program now that we have received this designation.”
Dr. Hornbostel is passionate about the designation because it is an outside look into the bariatric surgery program. “We invited ASMBS to come into our doors and look at every aspect of our program. If they didn’t like what they saw, we would be refused the opportunity to be a BSCOE. This outside endorsement provides us and our patients with the assurance of knowing that we are a part of an elite group of hospitals known to offer the safest and most effective surgical weight loss program available.”
Bariatric Care is unique by offering two bariatric surgeons, a program manager, dietitian, psychologist, physical therapist and a bariatric nurse practitioner. “We have a multi-disciplinary, team approach,” says Bariatric Nurse Practitioner Cindy Roberts. “This is the foundation of our program. Our patients can be comfortable knowing our entire team of caregivers are trained to look for signs and symptoms of bariatric complications. From our Emergency Department to the nurses on the floor — our caregivers have the training and equipment to care for bariatric patients both physically and emotionally.”
There is one added advantage that our patients have over other programs. “Access to care,” states Cindy. “Our patients can contact me or Dr. Hornbostel, on our cell phones, any time day or night. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions and provide support.” Dr. Hornbostel adds, “If you are considering weight loss surgery, only go to a facility deemed a BSCOE. In caring for a patient who undergoes a life–changing event like bariatric surgery, you want to have the absolute best care and outcome — you get that with a BSCOE.”
To learn more about the weight loss surgeries offered at Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph - Bariatric Care, please visit www.mymosaiclifecare.org/healthyu or call (816) 271-6155 to schedule a free, no obligation information session today!