2012 Bariatric Surgeon Bonanni Receives Prestigious Patient Safety Award
Fernando B. Bonanni, Jr., M.D., director, Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, was recently honored with the 2012 Catherine P. Zakrzewski Patient Safety Award. The award – Abington Memorial Hospital’s most prestigious patient safety recognition – is given to individuals who have broadly impacted the organization’s patient safety culture.
Since his arrival at AMH, Bonanni has embodied a culture of patient safety. Beginning with the Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) process that introduced a safe, patient-centered bariatric surgery program at AMH, Bonanni adopted and adhered to safe practices and behaviors in order to promote excellence.
2008 Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery
Independence Blue Cross has announced AMH’s Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (IMBS) as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery. To date, only 221 facilities nationwide have received a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery designation.
IMBS met numerous selection criteria thresholds necessary to be named as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery, including: offering a full-service inpatient hospital facility; being fully accredited by The Joint Commission or Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program; performing a required volume of bariatric surgeries during the recent 12-month reporting period; being staffed by an experienced and appropriately credentialed bariatric surgical team; being supported by appropriate equipment and staffing; establishing documented policies and procedures for patient care and follow-up care; demonstrating a commitment to quality improvement, as shown by its ongoing quality management and improvement programs.
"It is a great honor for our team to receive Blue Distinction status, and to be recognized for our work in bariatric surgery," says, Fernando B. Bonanni, Jr., M.D., director, Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. "We are dedicated to providing our patients with a high-quality comprehensive approach to weight loss that features a full range of services, including several of the latest surgical options, ongoing support and counseling, an exercise program, a nutrition plan and a lifetime of follow up care."
2008 Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
AMH's Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (IMBS) has been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®. The ASMBS Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.
To earn a Center of Excellence® designation, the Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the program's surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes were collected. IMBS and other centers receiving the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® designation agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data.
2008 Aetna Institute for Quality® for Bariatric Surgery
AMH’s Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (IMBS) has been designated an Institute for Quality® for Bariatric Surgery from Aetna Institutes for Quality®.
The IMBS was selected to receive this accreditation based on an evaluation of clinical performance and the overall value of the facility.