Surgical Weight Loss Program at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital receives national accreditation for bariatric surgery

Feb 01, 2016, 15:00 ET from Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

HOUSTON, Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Surgical Weight Loss Program has achieved national accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). The MBSAQIP is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The MBSAQIP recognizes weight loss surgery programs that meet national quality standards and provide safe, high-quality bariatric patient care.

The Houston Methodist Willowbrook Surgical Weight Loss Program was also recognized for providing high quality preoperative and postoperative care to improve patient outcomes and assist bariatric surgical patients with having long-term success in their weight loss journey.

This is the second national designation in less than 18 months for the Houston Methodist Willowbrook Surgical Weight Loss Program. Additionally, the program was recognized as a Blue Distinction Center® by Blue Cross Blue Shield, awarded the Institute of Quality Achievement by Aetna and has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (COEMBS) by the Surgical Review Corporation.

"It takes the commitment of the entire team to achieve such a distinguished honor," said Dexter Turnquest, MD, FACS, general and bariatric surgeon & medical director, bariatric and metabolic surgery, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Surgical Weight Loss Program. "I am especially proud of the bariatric surgery team and all they do to ensure safe, quality care is provided to our patients. There are many factors involved in the management of obesity. Our comprehensive program caters to the individualized needs of bariatric patients and ensures their needs are met before, during and after surgery. Our multidisciplinary team approach ensures patients are supported throughout their weight loss journey," said Dr. Turnquest.

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Surgical Weight Loss Program offers multiple surgical options using the most advanced techniques for treating obesity and its related conditions. Surgical options include LAP-BAND,® sometimes called adjustable gastric banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. Before and after nutritional plans, educational seminars and support groups are available to patients to help achieve sustained results. Supported by a team of physicians, nurses, registered dieticians, psychologists and exercise specialists, each patient receives comprehensive pre and post-surgical care and support. The hospital is equipped with surgical suites, advanced equipment, furnishings and private patient rooms customized for bariatric patients.

Join Dr. Turnquest at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital's Conference Center for a free surgical weight loss seminar at 6 p.m. on February 3. To register, visit or call 281.737.2500.

Visit our website to learn more about the Houston Methodist Willowbrook Surgical Weight Loss Program. For more about Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, visit or call 281.737.2500.

About Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a 312-bed, not-for-profit, faith-based hospital, which is part of Houston Methodist. The hospital has expanded in Northwest Houston to serve the comprehensive health care needs of the growing community.

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has been named a Magnet recognized health care facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.

Houston Methodist Willowbrook is ranked No. 4 in the Houston metro area and No. 8 in Texas by U.S. News & World Report as a "Best Hospital" in 2015. 

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a regional referral center specializing in cardiology and cardiovascular services, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, and comprehensive cancer services. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has a Breast Care Center, Cancer Center, Imaging Center, Infusion Center Sleep Center, Surgical Weight Loss Center, and operates the largest Birthing Care Center in the Greater Northwest Houston area.

For more information on the comprehensive services available on the Houston Methodist Willowbrook campus and to learn about upcoming events, please visit  To find a physician, call 281.737.2500.

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