JCI Accredited for 3 Years

Obesity Control Center has held the distinction of being a Joint Commission International-accredited practice (see below) for two three-year periods, and we were recently re-accredited.

OCC is awarded Joint Commission International accreditation

Accredited three times

Any hospital may apply for Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. At OCC, we meet all the following criteria: 

  • The hospital is currently operating as a health care provider in the country, is licensed to provide care and treatment as a hospital, and performs a set of minimum procedures, including a complete range of acute care clinical services—diagnostic, curative, and rehabilitative.
  • We deliver a defined set of services, such as bariatric surgery.
  • Services are available 365 days per year; patient care services are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week; and provides ancillary and support services as needed for emergent, urgent, and/or emergency needs of patients 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
  • The hospital assumes responsibility for improving the quality of its care and services.
  • The hospital is open and in full operation, admitting and discharging a volume of patients that will permit the complete evaluation of the implementation and sustained compliance with all current JCI accreditation standards for hospitals.

What is JCI?

The Joint Commission International is one of the world’s leading non-profit patient safety organizations. Working to improve patient safety and quality of health care in the international community, JCI offers education, publications, advisory services, and international accreditation and certification.

JCI partners with hospitals, clinics, academic medical centers, health systems and agencies, government ministries, academia, and international advocates in over 100 countries to promote strict standards of care.

JCI consults its Standards Advisory Panel to maintain best practices. This panel is comprised of experienced physicians, nurses, administrators, and public-policy experts from five major world regions: Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific Rim, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. The panel’s recommendations are refined based on an international field review of the standards and input from experts and others with unique content knowledge.

OCC has been fully certified by JCI three times by adhering to a strict set of international standards. JCI continues to work with OCC to sustain our accreditation, keep our facility up-to-date with the newest standards, and offer guidance on the continuous expectation of performance improvement that JCI accreditation promotes.

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    SRC International Center of Excellence

    SRC (Surgical Review Corporation) is a non-profit patient safety organization that offers accreditation to medical facilities in the USA and other countries. SRC Centers of Excellence are medical institutions that are recognized for dramatically enhancing the methods by which specific medical treatments are delivered. They are distinguished as citadels of expertise. Centers of Excellence offer innovative tools, technologies, and techniques to achieve better outcomes. 

    A world-class center for weight-loss surgery: Obesity Control Center

    At OCC, we deliver exceptional care and support at every phase of your journey to a happier, healthier life. Every surgery we perform comes with a 5-year follow-up program. The goal of every member of our professional team is a happy, successful, healthier patient that refers their friends and family to OCC, and shares their experience with others. There is no greater compliment, and it happens every day. We focus on delivering the latest advances in weight-loss surgery, with improved outcomes and a shorter recovery time.

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    OCC’s epidemiologist is closely monitoring the COVID-19 status and is actively issuing updates as they are available. The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are the most trusted sources online.  While the CDC has announced new mask protocols for vaccinated individuals, there will be no changes for our office protocols for patients, guests, and staff members as the announcement does not apply to hospitals or medical facilities. Masks are still a requirement for all patients, guests and staff at our facility.

    As we reinitiate weight loss surgery, we are constantly adapting and installing new and updated safety measures.

    Weight loss surgery is medically necessary.

    Bariatric Surgery and the clash of two pandemics.   

    Major metabolic and bariatric surgery Societies and colleges globally are now calling for the safe resumption of bariatric and metabolic surgery before the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over. 

    The sooner bariatric surgery can be safely performed, the quicker obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases can be reduced or resolved as they are not only chronic they are also progressive.  Obesity is also linked to more than 40 diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and at least 13 different types of cancer.

    A recent statement from the ASMBS says “Before COVID-19 began, it was clear that patients with obesity were ‘safer through surgery.’ In the era of COVID-19, ‘safer through surgery’ for patients with obesity may prove to be even more important than before.” Obesity and Metabolic syndrome have been identified as an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes including death among COVID-19 patients.

    See here for full COVID-19 update. 

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