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Health First NewFit Earns National Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons

Rockledge, FL (October 11, 2013) – Health First NewFit is pleased to announce it has earned national accreditation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Health First NewFit has been accredited as a Level 1 facility under the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the ACS.

“We are honored to receive this designation,” said Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center President Sean Gregory. “This accreditation is proof of Health First NewFit’s ongoing commitment to delivering the highest quality of care possible to its patients and our community.”

To earn the accreditation, Health First NewFit met the essential criteria that ensure its ability to support a bariatric surgical care program and the institutional performance requirements outlined by the BSCN Accreditation Standards. Accredited bariatric surgery centers provide both the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of morbidly obese patients and the support and resources necessary to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients (both pre- and postoperatively).

"I am very proud of our team's hard work and accomplishmnets," said Health First New Fit Bariatrics Medical Director Dr. Nathan Allison. "We have committed ourselves to the best possible patient experience and this is the pinnacle of excellence in the field of weight loss surgery."

In the United States, more than 15 million people suffer from severe obesity and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks.  At the present time, weight-loss surgery provides the only effective, lasting relief from severe obesity. Therefore, the ACS believes it is of utmost importance to extend its quality initiatives to accrediting bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist the public in identifying those facilities that provide optimal surgical care for patients who undergo this surgical procedure.    

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients.  The College has more than 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

Bariatric Surgery Centers that are accredited under ACS BSCN program standards are part of the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) administered by the American College of Surgeons. In March 2012, the ACS and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) announced plans to combine their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single, unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers. That transition is now in process. The ASMBS is the largest society for this specialty in the world. Its vision is to improve public health and well-being by lessening the burden of the disease of obesity and related diseases throughout the world.

For more information about Health First NewFit, visit www.newfitnewlife.com.

About Health First

Founded in 1995, Health First is a fully integrated health system. The not-for-profit employs more than 7,500 people and has four hospitals (including Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital, Cape Canaveral Hospital and Viera Hospital). Health First Health Plans also offers a wide variety of health insurance plan options for Brevard and Indian River Counties. In addition, Health First is home to Brevard County’s only Trauma Center. Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group on the Space Coast. Health First offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including four Pro-Health and Fitness Centers. Visit www.Health-First.org for more information.