Strides for Obesity’s goal is to raise $130,000 over several years so that the Halifax Obesity Network can join the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, known as MBSAQIP. For Atlantic Canadians, this would mean access to a program of the highest standards for patient safety, quality of care and multidisciplinary services. The program would also provide continuous support and development for surgeons and healthcare professionals.
Good coaching provides encouragement, feedback, and direction on how we can achieve our goals. Bariatric coaching is invaluable to achieving sustained weight loss for patients, and now the Halifax Obesity Network is raising funds for their own bariatric coach, to advance an already comprehensive patient care program.
MBSAQIP accredits bariatric surgery programs in the United States and Canada that have undergone an independent, voluntary, and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with recognized bariatric surgical standards. There are currently four other accredited bariatric centres in Canada: three in Ontario and one in Alberta. Halifax would be the fifth in Canada to receive this accreditation.
“As we look to improve access by expanding the clinic, it is crucial that we have MBSAQIP in place so that we can ensure that all of the services we provide around the province are at the highest level.” - Dr James Ellsmere, Surgical Director of the Weight Loss Program